Richmond kidney recipient thriving 5 years after transplant

NEWS SENTINEL | Associated Press
RICHMOND, Ind. - Some view Facebook as a place to find pictures and jokes.

But Jerry Wilde found a lifesaver.

Thanks to a generous stranger who discovered a Facebook page and then took action, Wilde has had five more years to enjoy a more active life.

A woman was inspired to donate one of her kidneys to the ailing Richmond man, ending his dialysis treatments and allowing him to resume activities that many take for granted.

He's packed quite a bit into those five years, including remarrying, spending time with his children and earning a promotion at work.

Wilde, who's now dean of the Indiana University East School of Education, received the kidney transplant in February 2012.

The Palladium-Item recently brought Wilde and his wife, Heather, together with kidney donor Becky Melton to discuss the five-year anniversary of the transplant. Continue reading
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