Over the years Tanner Edwards has made many trips to UW Hospital in Madison for treatment of a rare disease. But Friday, it was different. Tanner's father Don Edwards donated one of his kidney's to save his 14-year-old.
Tanner Edwards was just a year old when he was diagnosed with cystinosis. Tanner's family has known for years they would have to make the trip to Madison for a kidney transplant. And although UW hospital is known throughout the world for it's successful organ transplants that doesn't make the wait any easier on the family. When he went into the holding area right before they took him to surgery he was a little emotional.
As family and friends anxiously wait, tow teams of surgeons actually do the transplant. One removes Don's kidney while the other waits across the hall to transplant the organ into tanner. Pediatric Nephrologist Dr. Aaron Friedman has been Tanner's doctor since he was diagnosed with cystinosis.
He says Tanner's new kidney will be protected form the disease. Medical advances since Tanner was first diagnosed make his future much brighter.
The surgery was a success. Doctors say it went very well. Tanner's new kidney started working almost immediately. Both father and son are recovering in Madison Friday night.
Friends of the family have set up a fund in Tanner's name to help with the huge medical costs. Donations for can be made at any Amcore Bank
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Source: http://www.kidney.org (National Kidney Foundation Web site) contributed to this report.