Journalist Donates Kidney To 10-Year-Old Daughter To Save Her Life
A former major league baseball exec for the Baltimore Orioles is being hailed a hero and the ultimate father after undergoing surgery to donate his kidney to his dying 10-year-old daughter.
via CBS News
Many people know former Orioles executive Jim Duquette, who now broadcasts on WJZ-FM The Fan in Baltimore. But few know the pain his family has lived with for years. Like so many others in this country, Duquette’s little girl needed a kidney transplant to live.
CBS Baltimore went inside the operating room where a father/daughter miracle takes place before our eyes.
“You’re gonna be fine. You’re gonna be great,” Duquette said.
That was a conversation between Lindsey Duquette and her dad, Jim, moments before her kidney transplant-the ultimate gift from a father to his 10-year-old daughter.
“I’ll see you when we’re out, OK?” he said.
Lindsey’s kidneys started failing when she was just two years old. She doesn’t remember ever not having problems with them. Doctors tried everything to avoid a transplant.
“When you start to get the experiment drugs, you’re at the end of the line, really,” Duquette said.
A year and a half ago, doctors were forced to remove both of Lindsey’s failing kidneys. She needed dialysis to live.
Last summer, doctors knew Lindsey needed a transplant. Now they had to find a donor.
“They tested [my dad] from blood,” Lindsey said.
He was a match.
What a selfless act of love by this father. It’s good to be able to report on positive parenting stories in the midst of all the craziness we come across involving parents and their children.
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