Monday, June 6, 2016

Kyle Bailey: The gift of giving, life and golf

Kyle Bailey caddies for his brother Nick Bailey Friday, June 3, 2016 at the Port Huron Golf Club.
USA TODAY High School Sports | Matt Sheehan

And there Kyle Bailey was, sitting in his hospital bed at 80 pounds recovering from his second major surgery.

Leading up to that, Bailey, 31, had the damning thought coming in and out of his mind – is this it?

Six years after a double lung transplant, Bailey needed a liver and kidney that took a hit due to cystic fibrosis cirrhosis. Always cold, always sluggish and once waking up with “a tire shape” of fluid around his waist in February, he knew he needed help, and fast.

“The kidney donor list is very long … and I didn’t have five years,” Bailey said. “I didn’t even know if I had five weeks.”

Thirteen weeks after waking up in that University of Michigan hospital room barely able to walk, Bailey is back in action. Over the weekend he was back on the golf course with his younger brother – Port Huron sophomore Nick Bailey – to carry his bag and caddy him for 54 holes over the weekend. 

Considering the state Kyle Bailey was in a few months ago, it’s more than just caddying for a weekend. It’s about 13 weeks of strength, the extraordinary gift of giving and the grind to help his brother become one of the area’s top golfers.

A new life, a new brother

Salvatore Talluto was as generous and hardworking as they come. 
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