And the Best Dad of the Year Award Goes to …

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It seems to be pretty customary for just about everyone who is anyone on the internet to pick a “best of” for something or other when the end of the year arrives. My personal favorites are the best photos of the year. But while I was looking at “best ofs,” I came across a story about a man that could very well be considered the best dad of the year.

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I’m going to give you a scenario, and I want you to think about what you would do in this situation:

Your daughter is diagnosed with biliary atresia, a condition that causes the liver to fail and eventually leads to death. Can this be treated? Yes it can—with a liver transplant. As many of you know, the wait lists for such transplants, or any transplants in general, are extremely long and it often takes years to reach the front of that line.

You want to donate your own liver, but you are diagnosed with fatty liver disease—a disease that makes the liver unqualified for a transplant, putting your little girl back on at the end of the transplant line.

What do you do?

Let me give you an example of what the dad of the year would do.

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Eduardo Camargo’s five-month-old girl had liver disease, but his liver wouldn’t be of any help to her because of fat content. So, Mr. Camargo laced up his Nikes and threw on some sweat pants and went “Biggest Loser” on his liver. In two months, he dropped 30 pounds.

Thirty pounds!

I think dropping three pounds is hard enough, especially now that I’m sitting in my own gluttony because of the holiday season. But Camargo shed 30 pounds in two months, making his liver more than healthy enough to be transplanted to his ailing daughter.

Pin a “best dad of the year” medal on this guy’s chest. This just goes to show that there is nothing that a parent won’t do for their child.

So, what do you guys think? Is this guy worthy enough to be called dad of the year? Who would you nominate? Share in the comments! 

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And the Best Dad of the Year Award Goes to …

Jace Whatcott is a self-diagnosed introvert who loves crossword puzzles, golf, and reading. Despite being a male contributor—one of the few on this particular website—he is not in unfamiliar territory. Because he is an English major, 90% of his classmates are females, so he’s not too worried about being a fish out of water. One of his favorite things to do is to raid local thrift stores for used books. He’s always looking for something to read, or for something to put on his endless to-r ... More

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2 comments

  1. gfeld says:

    Okay, I gotta agree!! Losing 30 pounds to help his child survive is amazing and it’s what parents are for. We can’t help it. We love our children and will do anything we can for them, even if it means losing 30 pounds! I hope the transplant is/was a success and the child is/will be alright.

  2. gfeld says:

    Before reading the article I already have a comment! The title of this article can be finished with the words “my husband”. He is so devoted to me and the children. Always thinking of us and always being there for us. So yes, the award of the “Best dad of the year” in my eyes goes to him. Now, back to reading the article…….:)

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