Those plans appeared to be shattered when Nathan Davis was involved in a car crash Jan. 8, the newspaper reported. The 23-year-old, who was a passenger in the car, suffered a severe head injury and died early Sunday.
However, a representative from Tennessee Donor Services visited Luther Davis and asked if he would want to receive a kidney from his son, the News Sentinel reported, bringing tears to the older man's eyes.
"It’s the most paradoxical thing I can imagine, to be so utterly devastated in one part of your heart and so overjoyed in another part of your heart at the same time," Julia Davis told the newspaper. "I can’t describe it, but it was like a trickle of electricity that went through me when he told me that. And it made me cry."
"It's a bittersweet thing," Luther Davis told the News Sentinel. "I'm glad to have the kidney, but I would have loved to have had it any other way."