Liberty Twp. man receives kidney from daughter

Rachelle Soliday and her father, Doug Johnson, at Soliday’s home in Liberty Twp.

For the second time in as many years, a Liberty Twp. man has received the gift of life — an organ transplant.

Doug Johnson, who received a liver transplant two years ago at the University of Cincinnati Medical Center, recently received a kidney from his daughter, Rachelle Soliday, 42. He said he considers it a great belated Father’s Day present.

Johnson, 66, developed problems with his kidneys due to side effects reacting from the anti-rejection medications he has to take for the liver that he received late August 2014. Before he received a second opportunity to receive a liver transplant, Johnson, who was also battling diabetes, had been on the transplant candidate waiting list for five years.

He said about three months after his liver transplant, symptoms started to develop with his kidneys being unable to flush out the toxins in his body. In March 2015, he was back at UC Medical Center for an emergency dialysis where doctors determined it was the result of one of his anti-rejection medications. Continue reading
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