Wow, how many coaches in the NCAA you think would do this for one of THEIR players?
Wake Forest freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan needed a kidney transplant. None of his family members was a suitable match for a donation.
That’s when his coach, Tom Walter, stepped in.
Both men are recovering at Emory Hospital in Atlanta after Walter donated a kidney to Jordan on Monday. The lead surgeon on the operation, Dr. Kenneth Newell, said the surgeries went well and that both men are expected to make full recoveries.
“When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another,” Walter said before the operation, according to USA Today. “It is something we take very seriously. I had the support of my family, Wake Forest and my team. To me it was a no-brainer.”
Jordan, who was selected by the New York Yankees in the 19th round of last year’s amateur draft, became ill last January, after he had committed to Wake Forest.
Jordan was diagnosed with a rare condition in which abnormal antibodies were causing his white blood cells to attack healthy tissue in his body. It left his kidneys functioning at 8 percent. He still attended Wake Forest for the fall semester, despite needing 18 to 20 hours of daily home dialysis.
Jordan’s Father, Keith, had this to say:
“It’s like divine intervention when you look at everything that happened and how we even got to Wake Forest,” Jordan said, according to Baseball America. “And then to meet a coach like coach Walter and look at some of the things he had been through and done, and then to now do this, you just can’t express it in words.”
Good job Coach, way to go. Speedy recovery to you Mr. Jordan, we’re sure you’ll be back on the field in no time