Fairfield father gives son second chance at life

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It will be a special Father's Day for Fairfield resident David Title, who gave his son a second chance at life.

Both of his children were born with a genetic condition called Alport syndrome, which causes hearing loss, speech issues and kidney failure. 

The condition took the life of his youngest son Jack three years ago. He was only 20 years old. 

A year later, his son Russell needed a kidney transplant to survive.

"It turned out I was a perfect match for him," says David Title. 

Title, who at the time was the superintendent of Fairfield public schools, then donated his son a kidney.

"We were able to save him from what happened to his brother and my son," he told News 12. 

Now, two years since the operation, Russell says he is doing well. He is 28 years old and back to taking cross country trips with his dad to follow their beloved Boston Red Sox.

"It's just been fabulous. I feel like I have my old son back again because we're buddies," says David. 

David retired from his job as superintendent last year in part, he says, to spend more time with Russell and the rest of his family. He also says he hopes by sharing his story, more people will consider being a kidney donor.
 

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