Symon Castillo, left, is pictured with his father, Nate Castillo, on Father's Day, less than two weeks before the June 30, 2017, fall that killed him. Symon, 22, saved his father's life through a kidney donation after his death.
Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
FORT WORTH, Texas
A Texas man has a new chance at life following a successful kidney transplant, even as he mourns the death of his donor -- his own 22-year-old son.
Nate Castillo, of Ennis, was awaiting a new kidney after two decades of diabetes caused his own organs to fail. According to KDFW-TV, Castillo was on the waiting list when his family suffered a tragedy June 30.
Castillo’s son, Symon Castillo, was out with friends in Fort Worth when he fell off of a ledge in a “freak accident,” his family told the news station. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and died on July 5.
Symon’s aunt, Monica Castillo, said that a piece of the family is gone.
“He was an amazing young man who just loved life,” Castillo said Thursday.
Symon, who family members described as giving from a young age, decided at age 18 to leave a piece of himself behind by becoming an organ donor.
“Symon has the biggest dimples, the most beautiful smile, the brightest eyes, the most infectious personality, the kindest, most giving spirit and the biggest, biggest heart,” the obituary read. “Symon is a true, genuine, sincere soul who cares for all people. He is the true definition of humble and that is what he wants to instill in everyone he meets.”