"Every step was God's plan": Man reflects on being cancer free after liver transplant

Liver transplant patient Rex Miller and his wife Tammy joined friends for a meal in Lovingston. Miller is pictured on the right with donor Beth Hunt.

NELSON Co., Va. (WSET) -- A Bristol man has a lot to be thankful for.

Rex Miller got a liver transplant back in December, and the operation was a success.

Miller's friend Robin Holmes posted about his liver cancer and need for a donor last fall, and an Amherst woman responded in just 30 minutes.

He described the journey while dining with friends and family on March 15 at the Lovingston Cafe.

"It's amazing, and you know, every step was God's plan," Robin said.

Rex said even when he was facing cancer, he was more concerned about his family.

"If it had been one of my children or my wife, I think I would have worried a lot more. But, the fact that I want to be there for them was my mainstay," he said.

Doctors said it will take a year to fully recover from the surgery.

"It's the best thing I've ever been part of in my entire life. I would do it again in a heartbeat," his donor Beth Hunt said.

Beth and Rex are now connected for life, and the Millers consider her part of the family.

"She didn't know me from Adam and decided to give part of herself, literally, to heal me, and you can't get any better than that, as far as I'm concerned," he said.

To learn how to be an organ donor, click here.

For information about the Transplant Center at UVA, click here.

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