Yesterday was a huge day for our family. Our 29 yr. old son was diagnosed with a kidney disease right after being wounded in Iraq December 2004. It became clear within a couple of days that he would eventually need a kidney transplant and yesterday was that day. Our oldest, Olivia insisted on donating one of her kidneys to him yesterday. Their surgeries were long and hard. Hers took over four hours and his almost six hours. The good news? Her kidney was super healthy and so far is working great for him!! Her body is also rapidly adapting to having just one very healthy kidney. In fact, she is recovering better than the team's wildest hopes!! Oh you go girl!!
These are photos of Ben and Olivia that I took this evening. They are recovering just a few doors from each other at University of New Mexico Hospital. Don't they look great??? This is just a little over 24 hrs after their transplant!!