Posts Tagged ‘kidney transplant’

Wake Forest baseball coach donates a kidney to a freshman player

February 8, 2011


If not me, who? If not now, when? That’s one of the ethical guides laid down by Hillel, the great Jewish scholar of the first century B.C.E. His other guide is his expression of the “Golden Rule.”

Hillel’s guidelines are aspirations of ethical people in all cultures, but they are aspired to more than adhered to.

But when Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter learned that freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan would likely die without a kidney transplant, and that Jordan’s family didn’t qualify as a compatible match, Walter got tested and found out last week that he was a match: his kidney might work for Jordan.

Yesterday at the Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta, Walter had one of his kidneys removed and donated to Jordan.

Both are recuperating nicely. Walter will be running in two months, and the docs have told Jordan that he could start to swing a bat in six to eight weeks.

Everybody thinks it was a big deal, but Walter demurs.

“I would do anything to help any one of my players and any one of my family members. Anything that I could do in my power that I could do (more…)