Sunday, June 19, 2016

Iowa kidney transplant recipient, 4, finishes race with fists pumped


CBS NEWS

As cheers and whistles near the finish line grew louder, 4-year-old kidney transplant recipient Cooper Vozza picked up the pace.

The youngest participant in this year's Transplant Games of America in Cleveland completed the 25-meter dash with a grin on his face.

He ran into his mom's open arms. And with tears in his eyes, he pumped his fists.

"People are just drawn to him," his mother, Katie Vozza, told CBS News. "At those games, he was like a celebrity."

A video of the adorable celebration was posted on Facebook by the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, where Cooper has spent most of his life.

The video was viewed 35,000 times and received dozens of supportive comments for Cooper and his uncle, Kevin Slifka, the man who saved his life. Continue reading
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