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Pratt Tribune: Sheldon receives kidney transplant

Sheldon receives kidney transplant

By Gale Rose

October 14 is a date James Sheldon will always remember. It was the day he felt good for the first time in 20 years. On that day, Sheldon received a kidney transplant and his life changed forever.

"Symptoms I’ve had for 20 years were gone the day I got my kidney,” Sheldon said. While Sheldon has had health issues for 20 years, he was just diagnosed with a polycystic kidney two and a half years ago. The ailment runs in his family. His grandmother, two aunts and one uncle all died from the disease. Sheldon received his new kidney from a living donor at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City. Finding the donor was nothing short of a miracle.

Sheldon, who is on the Pratt Police force, was in a kidney chain, one of 30 at the medical center, and his chain was extraordinary. His wife Beth tried to donate her kidney but it wasn’t a match. A woman named Cara decided she wanted to donate a kidney and went through the living donor program at the KU Med Center. A little boy, Wiley, was born with two bad kidneys and had been on a feeding tube all his life. Doctors struggled to keep him alive long enough to get a kidney.A man named Mark West wanted to donate a kidney to Wiley but was not a match. That’s where Cara stepped in and her kidney was a perfect match for Wiley. Then West found out his kidney was a perfect match for Sheldon.

Children’s Mercy worked with the KU Med Center to make the transplant happen.


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Learn more about the Kidney Transplant Program at Children's Mercy