Oklahoma deputy donates kidney to stranger, a Nashville engineer

Greg Morton (Photo: WKRN)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Nashville audio engineer is getting the gift of life, from a stranger.

For more than two decades, Greg Morton has worked in the music business, mostly as an audio engineer, but his health forced him to step away.

“I miss mixing the show at night,” Morton told News 2 adding that it’s been about three years.

Morton, a husband and father of two, discovered both of his kidneys had failed.

Greg Morton (Photo: WKRN)
Greg Morton (Photo: WKRN)

“I started dialysis on 12, 31,12,” he explained.

A big change from hooking up his audio board each night to now connecting to a dialysis machine for nine hours.

In 2013, Morton’s name was added to a lengthy list to get a kidney, but it was a stranger in Oklahoma who heard his story and wanted to help.

“If someone’s available to do that and help save someone’s life that’s a part of protecting and serving in my opinion,” Corporal Paul Tucker told News 2.

Tucker with the Rogers County Sheriff’s Department signed up to protect and serve, but now he is going beyond his call of duty.

Deputy Paul Tucker (Courtesy: Paul Tucker)
Deputy Paul Tucker (Courtesy: Paul Tucker)

“Quite frankly he’s coming to save my life,” Morton explained.

Deputy Tucker turned out to be a perfect match for Morton.

“The lady I talked to on the phone said it was a one in a million match,” Tucker told News 2.

They both believe the match is fate.

The two strangers started a Facebook friendship, but now they call each other brothers.

“I call him my brother now because we are going to be connected,” said Morton.

While corporal tucker puts his life on the line daily in Oklahoma, he’s coming to Nashville to give the ultimate gift.

“I will be forever grateful for Paul. He’s… he’s given me the gift of life,” Morton said with tears in his eyes.

The two will undergo surgery Tuesday at Vanderbilt Medical Center. For more information visit Morton’s GoFundMe page.

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