Couple Shares Remarkable Story of Kidney Transplant


After undergoing a kidney transplant operation on March 21 at the Virginia Commonwealth University Hume-Lee Transplant Center, Djuna Paige is bouncing back at her home in Hampton Roads. So is her husband JP Paige. It’s important to stress that both are bouncing back because both underwent kidney surgery. But this does not mean that Djuna Paige received a kidney from her husband, JP Paige, who was more than willing to give his wife one of his kidneys; but it was not a match. Instead, his wife Djuna Paige received a kidney from a good Samaritan, Tracey Ridpath, who decided to become an organ donor after her friend, Roger Green, died from cancer in October 2015 in Colonial Heights, according to WAVY-TV.

In the process, JP became a kidney donor to benefit the life of another person for whom he was a match. “I have Lupus, and so Lupus had attacked my kidneys and caused them to fail,” Djuna Paige said in a WAVY-TV interview on April 28. She was diagnosed with Lupus about 12 years ago. About six years later, her kidneys began to fail. “Now, it is going good,” Djuna Paige said in a recent phone interview with the New Journal and Guide following her surgery at VCU on March 21. “I had to do two processes where the staples and stents were removed a few weeks ago. Now I am doing blood work and my medications are being monitored. Continue reading
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