“I am very thankful and truly blessed to be able to have this transplant done.
I will forever be grateful for Jerran and his family for this gift that they will be giving me.
With this new kidney I will be able to feel like I am a normal kid again, and begin to plan my future of becoming a teacher.”
Liz isn’t a fan of the chin hair Garrett is sporting these days. And Garrett showed up to yesterday’s early morning blood test in typical teenage fashion; sleepy and a little grumpy.
But he soon warmed up with all of Jerran’s joking around, and the energy of two focused and hopeful parents.
I asked him how he was feeling about all of this. “Excited. Nervous for the surgery,” he said.
Recovery won’t be easy, but doctors seem very positive about how good he’ll start to feel after the initial recovery from surgery. They warned him to take all of his medication consistently, even if he feels great.
Did you know that when they transplant the kidney, they don’t remove the unhealthy one, and they put the new kidney in a totally different anatomical location? It will go in the front, where Garrett must protect it from excessive blows during sports and other activities.
He’s got a long but very hopeful road ahead!