Less than a year ago, contemporary Christian music artist and American Idol's Scott MacIntyre was suffering from kidney failure and had no hopes of fathering a child. But God is a God of miracles. Now, the singer and his wife Christina are expecting a "mini Mac" due in October.
"It's crazy," says the season 8 American Idol contestant, 30, who was born blind and previously underwent a kidney transplant at the age of 22 after he was diagnosed with kidney failure in his late teens. "It was not possible for us to have a baby while I was in kidney failure, so my donor not only gave me the gift of life but also allowed us to create a new life."
The couple already have a name picked out though they do not know the sex of the baby. "We have had thoughts about what each would be like - to have both a boy and a girl - but we are grateful to have whatever God blesses us with," says MacIntyre.
On June 4 last year, MacIntyre underwent his second kidney transplant at Vanderbilt Medical Center, still unaware of who was saving his life. Six weeks later, he met the donor after a weekly post-op checkup.
"It meant a lot to me to be able to say thank you to my donor in person," MacIntyre remarks. "I gave her a hug and said 'you saved my life.'"
In addition to resuming his music career, MacIntyre continues to co-host the new iTunes podcast 2 Blind Men with music industry colleague Mark Dowdy. The show features inspirational guests from all disciplines and walks of life and posts a new episode the first Monday of every month. Guests have included Christian Music Hall of Fame inductee, Babbie Mason, and Muppets and Disney songwriter, Dave Kinnoin, among others.
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