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December 18, 2012
It is the ultimate Christmas gift.
Noah Harrison of Nashville is donating a kidney to his mother, and giving her a new chance at life.
As 19 year old Noah Harrison lies in a hospital bed at Vanderbilt Medical Center, he can't help but remember how much his mom has done for him.
"She has always been there for me, she's always given things and been there helping to support us, even when she doesn't have it, she's always there for us," says Harrison.
Just a few feet away, his mother, Erica Johnson, is also ready for surgery.
Johnson has renal failure, and she's now receiving one of her sons kidneys.
"I can't really say how grateful I am. I'm very thankful and very grateful. I'm glad he's healthy enough to do it, and I'm just really humbled by it," says Erica Johnson.
Noah's two siblings were also matches for their mom, but 19 year old Noah's kidneys were the best option.
The University of Tennessee sophomore says he didn't hesitate to help his mom.
"It came down to me by process of elimination. I said from the get go I was already ready and willing to do it," says Harrison.
Noah has watched his mom go through dialysis treatments for the past two and a half years.
There have been hospitalizations, and in 2010 she nearly died.
Now Noah has a chance to move her closer to a cure.
"It's very humbling because he is so young and he made such a brave decision I think at such a young age," says Harrison.
Noah knows his life may be different from now on, but he's willing to sacrifice part of himself.
Both mother and son believe this will bring them even closer.
It's the nature of a transplant...taking from one, while giving to another.
"If there's anything I can do to help her as equally as much as she's done, if this is it, I'm willing to do it," says Harrison.
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Wednesday, December 19 2012, 11:09 AM CST
House passes 2-year moratorium on dam barriers
May 21, 2013 19:12 GMT
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) -- The U.S. House has passed legislation that would put a two-year moratorium on an Army Corps of Engineers plan to erect barriers to prevent people from fishing below dams on the Cumberland River.
U.S. Rep. Ed Whitfield heralded final passage of the Freedom to Fish Act on Tuesday. Whitfield was a leading proponent of the measure in the House.
The bill, introduced by Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., was co-sponsored by Sens. Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Bob Corker of Tennessee.
Whitfield said the bill thwarts, at least temporarily, an effort to "take away some of the best fishing in Kentucky." Passage of the measure, Whitfield said, allows time to work out a permanent solution.
The measure now goes to President Barack Obama for consideration.
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