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Local airman donates kidney to boy in renal failure

Posted April 28, 2014

— Staff Sgt. Eric Larmay is an airplane mechanic at Pope Army Airfield, but last week, he made a different kind of repair that he hopes lasts a lifetime.

"It's definitely been an amazing experience, one that I'll never forget," Larmay said Monday.

His Air Force buddy's 12-year-old stepson, Hunter Mitchell, was in desperate need of a kidney transplant after recently finding out he was going into renal failure.

Miraculously, Larmay was a perfect match. So on Thursday, doctors at the University of Alabama at Birmingham took one of his kidneys and performed a kidney transplant. Hunter is still in Alabama recovering and doing well.

"It's definitely honorable knowing that I was able to give him a second chance at life," Larmay said. "I'm beyond words at his recovery and my recovery."

Larmay donated his kidney knowing that it could have serious consequences on his military career. But the choice was simple, he said. As a mechanic, he's used to fixing things.

"Things have actually turned out real well for him," Larmay said. "He's actually been up moving around, walking. I actually went and saw him the day that I was released, and he was talking and – from what they say – he was a million times better from the day of surgery."


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  • Linda Kerns Kellogg Apr 30, 2014
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    What a hero Staff Sgt. Eric Larmay is to this boy and his family. What a wonderful, selfless action; this man is a wonderful human being. I hope Hunter has a long and healthy life ahead of him.

  • dwr1964 Apr 29, 2014

    There are still a few people on this earth, who know what it means to be good, honest, kind, sincere and sometimes be a real life hero.

  • baldchip Apr 29, 2014

    WHAT A HERO!!! God bless both of them!!

  • Leslie Nance Apr 29, 2014
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    That is a beautiful story! It is refreshing to see a happy story in the news for a change. Way to go Staff Sgt. Larmay!!!!!

  • Pepe Silvia Apr 28, 2014

    Organ donation saves lives every day and there are still a LOT of people in need!

    Please sign up to be an organ donor and let your family know your wishes!


  • Kelly Birdsall Apr 28, 2014
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    How kind & selfless!!

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Apr 28, 2014

    Bless both their hearts BIG!!! Prayers they will both heal and will live long and fruitful lives.