When Kenneth King found out he needed a renal (kidney) transplant, he knew that he would have to travel a significant distance from his family's home in Nacogdoches, Texas. Despite finding closer transplant clinics for this procedure, Kenneth and his family chose Houston Methodist, 150 miles away, because the hospital came so highly recommended.
While Kenneth underwent an evaluation at Houston Methodist J.C. Walter Jr. Transplant Center, his wife, Angie, and nephew, Steven, went to Houston Methodist in the Texas Medical Center to be screened as potential donors. Angie was a donor match for her husband and days later she graciously donated one of her kidneys to Kenneth in a successful transplant.
“All along I knew it was going to be me,” Angie said. “There was never a doubt in my mind.” Kenneth’s body not only accepted Angie’s kidney, but he also recovered much more quickly than his physicians predicted. In fact, the family was able to return home a month earlier than they had planned.
“I can’t tell you how grateful I am to the staff and medical professionals of Houston Methodist. I couldn’t have asked for better care,” Kenneth says. As for his wife’s loving and life-changing gift, he says, “Sometimes your heroes are closer than you think.”