East Texas man receives new kidney from close friend

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - A month ago, we brought you the story of a Tyler school raising money for a student's father who was preparing for kidney transplant surgery.

Well this week Ryan Bockover and his donor Emily Phillips traveled to Dallas where their lives would change forever.

"None of this would've been possible without God, because He put Emily and her family in our path for this reason," Ryan's wife Somer Bockover said.

After 6 years of kidney problems, Ryan Bockover has a new kidney, but most importantly a healthy one. All with the help of his close friend Emily Phillips.

"Out of anyone I could give a kidney to, I couldn't have picked a better family to help," donor Emily Phillips said.

After a four-hour surgery Tuesday morning, Bockover says his new kidney started working immediately but emotions were still running high.

"Terrified, happy, sad, elated, because he was getting this gift that was going to save his life, from a friend that didn't have to do anything," Somer Bockover said.

But for Ryan, his new kidney is an adjustment.

"Feels a little different, whenever I stand I can feel it moving around and trying to adjust into place," Ryan Bockover said.

Ryan says he is recovering well, but Emily says she will never stop worrying.

"It's still a roller coaster for me because every day I'm like 'is it still okay, is it still okay?'" Phillips said.

But one thing they don't have to worry about is their children in Whitehouse.

While they both recover in Dallas their fellow Cub Scouts members from den 359 and their families are lending a helping hand by caring for their children.

"I think this is a great representation of what the cub scout program is all about and what it means to us and other families," Cub Scout mom Joanne Murski said.

Emily and the Bockover's say they never expected to gain an extended family through Cub Scouts.

"There are families that we never really knew really well that are like, 'what can we do, what can we do, what can we do, we want to do something, we want to help," Ryan Bockover said.

But no one will ever compare to the Bockover-Phillip family dynamic.

"Our families have grown tremendously, our family grew by eight and theirs grew by four," Ryan Bockover said.

The children are now even calling each other cousins.

"There's not a word to describe their relationship other than, their family," Somer Bockover said.

Emily and the Bockovers will remain in Dallas for the next month recovering and making sure everything is working properly.

If you would like to help them with their medical expenses, visit their GoFundMe pages below.

Ryan Bockover family: Help Ryan get a kidney.

Emily Phillips family: Help me donate my kidney

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