Besides all of the various tests and evaluations Scorsone had to go through, he also started walking to work everyday a month prior to the surgery and quit smoking for 10 weeks in an effort to build up his own endurance.
"He was really adamant. He would always call if he got a test done that day. He would call up and look for the results. He wanted to get it done," said Bristol.
On Monday, Feb. 23, of this year, Scorsone successfully donated one of his kidneys to Bristol.
The recovery process for both Scorsone and Bristol was long. Scorsone was able to return to work two weeks earlier than he expected, but it was still a month after his surgery. Bristol is still recovering.
"After the transplant it took a good two months before I felt really well again," said Bristol.
Within the month, he hopes to return to the New York State Assembly, where he worked before he became ill.
Bristol had his first kidney transplant in November of 1992. His mother donated one of her kidneys to him. After 15 years, it started to fail him, causing high fevers, illnesses and trips in and out of the hospital, and it was eventually removed.
When Bristol was on kidney dialysis after the removal of his first transplant, he was in and out of the hospital with various ailments including shingles, fluid on his heart and lungs, fevers, and a form of pneumonia that might have left him on a ventilator for the rest of his life. He tried to continue going to work when he was well enough, but eventually had to stop.
He said he is grateful to Scorsone for giving him his life back.
"It's just amazing that someone would do that and a lot of people don't know that you can be perfectly fine living with one kidney. Some people have one kidney and they don't even now it," said Bristol. "Just the generosity that some people would even contemplate doing that [is beyond me]."