Wake Forest University Baseball Coach Tom Walter Donates Kidney To Freshman Kevin Jordan

February 9th, 2011 - 9:11 pm ICT by GD  

By Madhuri Dey
alg_tom_walterFeb 9, (THAINDIAN NEWS) Tom Walter is one coach who has successfully proved that he can make sacrifices when required for his team. This is what the Wake Forest University baseball coach’s latest act proves. The 42 year old coach readily gave one of his kidneys to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan after the latter was detected with a fretful disease which was likely to caused a permanent kidney failure. The transplantation was successfully performed on Monday morning at the Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta. Doctors have confirmed that both the coach and the player are doing well and is expected to recover soon.

It was last year in April when Kevin Jordan while suffering from a flu was detected of suffering from ANCA vasculitis. ANCA vasculitis, is an autoimmune swelling disease that leads to the destruction of the blood vessels through the antibodies, resulting in the leaking of blood and protein in the urine, which finally damages the kidney. As a part of the detection, medical examiners had found that Kevin Jordan’s kidney function was between 15 percent to 20 percent normal, hence a kidney transplant was something necessary to save the 19 year old.

With this, search for a donor broke out, but none of the relatives of Kevin Jordan turned out to be a perfect match for the kidney donation. In this situation, it was the Demon Deacons’ coach who without any kind of second thought decided to go for a match test. It was on January 28, the first day of the spring practice that coach Tom Walter was made aware that the reports had matched, meaning he could act as Kevin Jordan’s donor.

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