For six years, Josh Hill spent three to four hours, three days a week in dialysis.
Hill, now 27, was diagnosed with Wegner's granulomatosis when he was 17. The disease causes inflammation in the blood vessels, which can restrict blood flow to organs, according to the Mayo Clinic. In Hill's case, the disease damaged his kidneys.
Hill received his last dialysis treatment this summer. On Aug. 1 he had a kidney transplant. His little brother Jon donated the organ.
Great Falls Tribune by Erin Madison, 12/27/09