For months we have been telling you the story of ABC 6 News Chief Photographer Chad Corey and his need for a new kidney. He spent nearly a month last fall in the hospital after both his kidneys started to fail. After nearly a year, he finally got the call he's been waiting for. A heartfelt hug between a mother and a stranger. In just 24 hours, the Corey and Douglas families will write a new story. Because Chris Douglas is the man who will be giving Corey, the gift of life. "For someone to be that selfless is amazing," said Corey. Corey has stage four kidney disease and needs a transplant. For the past eight months, he's been on dialysis at Mayo Clinic spending four hours a day, three days a week, hooked up to a machine.
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Additional coverage:Austin Daily Herald
Context: Mayo Clinic is the largest integrated transplant provider in the United States. Mayo Clinic's campuses in Arizona, Florida and Minnesota include more than 150 surgeons and physicians and hundreds of allied health staff who are trained in caring for transplant patients. 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.
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