Man gets gift of life from wife

WOOD TV | Joe LaFurgey

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A Lowell man celebrated his 55th birthday Thursday with a gift from his wife he’ll likely never be able to match.

Jim Sisson suffered from polycystic kidney disease, a rare genetic disorder. Complications from the same disease killed his father in the 1980s.

Sisson got on a waiting list for a new kidney, joining more than 100,000 people nationwide. He prepared for a wait that could have lasted years.

But it turned out a match was living under the same roof: his wife Laurie.

“We’ve been very blessed. There’s so many people out there that are not this fortunate,” Laurie Sisson said.

On Monday, the transplant team at Mercy Health Saint Mary’s hospital in Grand Rapids took one of Laurie’s kidney and put it inside Jim. Continue reading

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