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KC-area legislator donates kidney to wife

Posted: 3:26 PM, Jan 17, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-17 21:26:20Z
KC-area legislator donates kidney to wife

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Have a kidney? Leave a kidney. Need a kidney? Take a kidney.

Well, almost.

Missouri State Rep. J. Eggleston (R – District 2) posted on his Facebook page Wednesday morning that he’s undergoing surgery to have one of his kidneys removed in an effort that will eventually help his wife receive a kidney.

But because the couple isn’t a match, her new kidney won’t be his.

Instead, Eggleston’s kidney will be put on ice and head toward Michigan. There, a friend of the person receiving the kidney will donate a kidney. 

That Michigan kidney will then head somewhere else in the US (the Eggleston’s don’t know where), where a friend of the next recipient will donate a kidney.

It’s that kidney that will eventually wind up with Eggleston’s wife, Cathie, who has suffered from kidney failure.

Eggleston's wife was set to receive her new kidney Wednesday afternoon.