According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 20 million American adults have Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD). Area musician James Michael McLester was part of that statistic until his kidney transplant in December.
McLester was not always sick. He was an athlete, had good grades and never acted up; it was a normal childhood, that is, up until he was 11 years old and developed dental cavities “because of too much Kool-Aid.”
Dental amalgam fillings, also known as silver fillings, were placed in McLester’s teeth and everything seemed fine. Not long after, his hands and body crippled and his knees filled with fluid. McLester said doctors had no idea what was wrong with him, and he was heartbroken because he could no longer play sports. Continue reading
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