December 30th, 2009

St. Johns teen gives the gift of life to boyhood friend

By barb-caldeira

ST. JOHNS -- One Valley family is spending their holiday in the hospital, but for a really great reason. Their son has just received a life-saving kidney transplant.

 

It was not your typical Christmas gift. When one teenage boy found out his childhood friend was suffering kidney failure, he was determined to help, and ended up saving his friend’s life.

 

Elijah Caine Bargo has been through a lot this past year. It was just last Christmas when, at 20 years old, he was diagnosed with kidney failure.

 

“My fear was I wouldn’t have him another Christmas,” his dad said.

 

But now that fear is gone. This Christmas, Eli got a new lease on life.

 

“There was a long period of waiting where we just kind of sat there and didn’t really know what to do,” Eli said. “And Jimmy just stepped forward.”

 

Jimmy Shreeve and Eli are childhood friends from St. Johns who go way back.

“Before we even liked girls and stuff,” Eli said. “Way back in the day!”

 

The kidney transplant was on Wednesday at the Mayo Clinic. Now the boys are both recovering, closer than ever and both changed forever.

 

AZfamily.com, Stacey Delikat, 12-25-09

 

Tags: Mayo Clinic Arizona, Transplant

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