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PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — A man from West Virginia has received a second chance at life thanks to his daughter and UPMC played a vital role in making it happen.

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Last December, Jay Pauley was told his liver was failing.

He was placed on the national transplant list, but was told he likely wouldn’t survive. But, his 25-year-old daughter, Kristin, was a near-perfect match.

Last month, the two came to UPMC Montefiore to have the 14-hour surgery.

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Kristin donated more than half of her liver to save her father’s life.

“I would do it. I would suffer through the pain. I would do it a thousand times over for him,” said Kristin Pauley. “He says that God’s given him a second chance.”

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“I got a tough daughter. She saved my life,” said Jay. “Live like there’s no tomorrow. Because we’re not promised it.”

Jay’s new liver began working immediately

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After several weeks at UPMC, both Kristin and Jay are recovering now back home in West Virginia.