Soldier returns from Afghanistan to donate part of liver to dyin - KiiiTV.com South Texas, Corpus Christi, Coastal Bend

Soldier returns from Afghanistan to donate part of liver to dying Marine veteran

Posted:

Courtesy KLTV News

LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -  It's an amazing story of family, love and honor from one East Texas soldier to another. A dying Vietnam veteran is in desperate need of a liver transplant and his grandson is stepping in to help.

Rick Homer spent four years in the Marines and 16 in the U.S. Army. He survived the savage fighting in Vietnam, but now the 62-year-old Longview man is dying.

"I found out about it a little over three years ago. I have hemachromatosis, which is genetic. The liver doesn't purify the blood like it supposed to. The only time I've got left is what the good Lord gives me," Homer says.

He could have been on a donor list for years, but his grandson, 21-year-old U.S. Army Specialist Ricky Glenn, came to his rescue.

"The loss and the regret of me not doing anything would have outweighed this. I'm the firstborn grandson I carry my grandfather's name," Glenn says.

Glenn arranged with his commanding officer to be flown back from Afghanistan to Baylor Medical Center to be tested as a match.

If he is determined to be a match, he will donate 60 percent of his own liver to his grandfather.

"I'm so proud. A feeling that my husband and I raised him right. He called me and told me after he had spoken to his commanding officers and told me," says Glenn's mother Mindy Odle.

His family says Glenn's act personifies honor, courage and love.

"One of the doctors tried to talk him out of it, and he said no," Odle says.

But Homer knows only one way to describe it.

"He's my hero! People don't understand what a hero is. until something like this happens," he says.

For Glenn its all about family.

"I don't really see myself as a hero. You do what you do for the ones you love," says Glenn.

If found to be a match , it will be a few weeks before the donation will be made.

Glenn says that he wants his grandfather to get well, so that they can go on a fishing trip together.

Read on KLTV News

  • Parents Speak Out About The Arrest Of Former King High School Teacher

    Parents Speak Out About The Arrest Of Former King High School Teacher

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:18 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:18:18 GMT
    29-year old Tanya Ramirez, the former King High School teacher accused of having sex with a male student, turner herself into authorities Tuesday morning. She was booked and charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student, a felony charge.Ramirez was accused of having a relationship in the spring semester of this year. She was placed on administrative leave during an investigation into the allegations, and eventually terminated.More >>
    29-year old Tanya Ramirez, the former King High School teacher accused of having sex with a male student, turner herself into authorities Tuesday morning. She was booked and charged with improper relationship between an educator and a student, a felony charge.Ramirez was accused of having a relationship in the spring semester of this year. She was placed on administrative leave during an investigation into the allegations, and eventually terminated.More >>
  • Family Speaks Out Following Devastating House Fire

    Family Speaks Out Following Devastating House Fire

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:14 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:14:28 GMT
    A family of six in Alice is trying to see what they can salvage after they were forced out of their home by a fast moving fire early Tuesday morning.The fire broke out just after 1 a.m. in the 300 block of Newberry in Alice. The investigation into the cause of the fire points toward the home's air conditioning unit, where the fire may have began.The American Red Cross is assisting the family, who are currently staying with relatives. However, a benefit is in works for this weekend. 3News will...More >>
    A family of six in Alice is trying to see what they can salvage after they were forced out of their home by a fast moving fire early Tuesday morning.The fire broke out just after 1 a.m. in the 300 block of Newberry in Alice. The investigation into the cause of the fire points toward the home's air conditioning unit, where the fire may have began.The American Red Cross is assisting the family, who are currently staying with relatives. However, a benefit is in works for this weekend. 3News will...More >>
  • Special Report: How Portland Is Dealing With Crime

    Special Report: How Portland Is Dealing With Crime

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:10 AM EDT2014-07-30 04:10:57 GMT
    Portland, up until recently, had an unblemished reputation for being on the safest cities in Texas. But then came a couple of headline grabbing violent crimes that threatened to ruin that image. Our Mike Dasilva explores in a Special Report.More >>
    Portland, up until recently, had an unblemished reputation for being on the safest cities in Texas. But then came a couple of headline grabbing violent crimes that threatened to ruin that image. Our Mike Dasilva explores in a Special Report.More >>