Local man gets new lease on life thanks to kidney donation

The Times Democrat | Dionne Gleaton

Willie Briggman, pictured with his wife Menika, received a new kidney after making a public request for an organ donation earlier this year.

Willie Briggman has battled Stage 5 renal polycystic kidney disease for years, but a smile lights up his face when he talks about the long-awaited kidney donation that has saved his life.

Fatigue, hypertension and muscle cramps were among the symptoms of the disease he inherited from his mother. He spent 12 hours a day, seven days a week on dialysis. Briggman lost one of his kidneys in 1998, and the remaining one was deteriorating.

That was until he received the blessing of a new kidney on Oct. 25 this year. Briggman, who had lost his job at Zeus Industrial Products Inc., underwent kidney transplant surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. As a result, he and his wife, Menika, are celebrated his new lease on life. Continue reading