Saturday, September 24, 2016

Teen's kidney goes to woman

HAMMOND STAR NEWS | Emily Enfinger
GIFT OF LIFE -- Lachelle Morgan, 51, of Albany, is the recipient of a kidney from 17-year-old Chad "CJ" Stewart Jr. of Ponchatoula. He died early last week following a single-vehicle accident in Ponchatoula.

Three times a week for the past 21 months and 13 days, Lachelle Morgan of Albany underwent dialysis treatment. She had lost both her kidneys.

That routine ended last week when she received a kidney from 17-year-old Chad "CJ" Stewart Jr., of Ponchatoula, who died after a single-vehicle accident.

On Sept. 15, Morgan was confirmed as a complete match for Stewart's kidney and received the transplant the same day at Tulane Medical Center in New Orleans. Seventy staples and a week later, she is at home recovering and doing well.

"I am as thankful and blessed as I am very emotional and I would give them their son back in a minute, but it's just not the way it works. It hurts for me because the way I got the kidney, but I'm proud to have it," Morgan said. "There's no way ever to put into words how thankful I am for what they've done."

She is one of at least three known beneficiaries of Stewart's organs. Dawn Wolf, Stewart's mother, said a man in Kentwood received a kidney and a woman in Florida may be getting his liver
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