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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 40-year-old Okolona man recently learned through a routine physical that he only had one kidney -- and it was failing. But his wife wasn't about to let the story end that way.
You can't miss the house at the end of Westray Lane, with ghouls and goblins and ghosts dangling from its frame. But the scariest creatures could never compare to the fright recently endured by the family who lives there.
As C.J. Halter said, "Stay strong and positive about the whole situation."
On Oct. 17, both of C.J.'s parents went under the knife. His father, Chris Hatler, explained, "I went for [a] physical, and found out then that I was only born with one kidney. I was taking Advil gel caps and they burned a hole in it. So I was diagnosed with kidney disease. That was seven years ago and it shut down this year."
C.J.'s father needed a kidney, and his wife saved his life.
"I did not want her to do it," Chris Hatler said.
But Billie Hatler responded, "From the beginning I was gonna, whether he let me or not. Once he was asleep, he wouldn't know what was going on anyways."
Looking back brings tears to Chris's eyes. He said tearfully, "She turns around and gives me a piece of her to keep me going. It's very special to me. I can't ask for no better."
It is a rare perfect match, in more ways then one, and as the couple recovers, there came a big idea from their youngest son: a $1 haunted house built in the driveway and garage. The family's savings are depleted and the bills are mounting.
"My parents both being out of work, and me being the only working one, it's kind of hard," C.J. Hatler said.
"It means a lot, a lot," Chris Hatler said. "I got some loving kids. I mean, he's a spoiled brat. He's 21 years old, still lives at home, but I know he loves me."
Oct. 25 marked the opening weekend. Every dollar makes a difference for the family in need.
The Hatler's Haunted House is located at 3821 Oakleaf Lane, in the Okolona area of Louisville. It's open Oct. 25-27, and Oct. 31 - Nov. 2, from 8 p.m. -12 p.m.