February 21, 2019

Jacksonville woman saves husband’s life with donated kidney

By Karl W Oestreich

First Coast News
by Lindsey Boetsch

Feb. 14 is Valentine’s Day but it’s also National Donor Day. So it’s only fitting to share a love story about one woman who saved her husband by First Coast News Jacksonvillegiving him the gift of life. "You have my kidney," joked Latasha Edwards. "You can't go anywhere.”  Twenty years ago, she and her husband, Steven Edwards, made a lifetime commitment to each other….In 2016, after a week in the hospital for pneumonia, Steven Edwards found out he had a problem with his kidneys. He was in renal failure. "I actually started dialysis in July of 2017," he said.   But, he needed a new kidney and most importantly, he needed to find a match. After some blood workups at the Mayo Clinic, they found out that his wife was a match.

Reach: First Coast News refers to three television stations in Jacksonville, Florida. WJXX, the ABC affiliate; WTLV, the NBC affiliate; and WCWJ, the CW affiliate.

Context:  Mayo Clinic surgeons perform more than 700 kidney transplants a year, including for people with very challenging kidney conditions who need special solutions and surgeries. And Mayo Clinic kidney transplant teams in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota are leaders in living-donor kidney transplants. To register as an organ donor, please visit Donate Life America.

Contact: Tia Ford

 

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