Man with world’s largest kidneys receives transplant

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Doctors believe Gene Okun, a former powerlifter and bodybuilder, has the largest kidneys in the world. 

An average kidney is the size of your fist. Okun’s are bigger than a football.

Gene, who lives in Southern California, has genetic kidney disease. It’s called polycystic kidney disease (PKD). 

PKD is passed from an affected parent to their child causing uncontrolled growth of cysts in the kidney. Most people with PKD experience kidney failure by age 60, according to the PKD Foundation.

The same disease Okun lives with ended the life of his father. But Gene has a chance his father didn’t, all thanks to his best friend, Bill McNeese who donated a kidney in June to Gene get the transplant he needed. 

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