Father Adheres to Strict Diet, Exercise Regimen to Save Daughter's Life

Man gets into shape in order to donate his liver to save the life of his baby girl.
3:00 | 12/29/13

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some of those stats. We're going to turn, to a heartwarming story to save his little girl's life. He dropped enough weight to become a liver donor for his dying baby daughter. Marci gonzalez is here with more. Because of that sacrifice, this beautiful little girl not only has her father's eye and smile, she has a piece of him that bonded them in a remarkable way. His youngest daughter was born with a life-threatening condition at 5 months old, she needed a liver transplant to stay alive. That's when it hit me. Reporter: He volunteered to donate a part of his liver. He learned that at 210 pounds he wasn't healthy enough to be her donor. To be a donor safely he would have to lose weight. Reporter: That's what he did. Despite the many years that had passed since the 35-year-old had seen the inside of a gym, he ran 20 miles a week, through the pain and at times tears with just one thing on his mind -- when I was 33, I would just think of my daughter, my eyes would get wider and I knew that I had to keep going. Reporter: His prayers, answered. His hard work, paired with healthy eating, paid off. He slimmed down to 168 pounds as little girl took a sudden turn to the worse. We rushed to the hospital and went into surgery the next day. Reporter: The surgery went smoothly. The daughter removed about third of the liver and rushed it across the street to the children's hospital where they replaced her failing liver with his father's healthy one. Now after months of recovery, she's back home, happy, healthy and still keeping dad on the move. It's just awesome to have her with me and just to have her follow me all over the place, it feels real good. 16,000 people on the waiting list for a liver transplant right now. He decided to share his story to encourage more people to become organ donors. That's so sweet. It looks like he kept the weight off. Well he's chasing after a little one. Time to check the weather once again and bill is

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