Religious brother, priest forever bonded by kidney transplant

Father Scott Bullock and Christian Brother Stephen Markham pose together in late March in Dubuque, Iowa, about nine months after kidney transplant surgery.. (CNS photo/Dan Russo, The Witness)
DUBUQUE, Iowa (CNS) -- Father Scott Bullock and Christian Brother Stephen Markham are forever bonded by a kidney transplant a year ago that has changed both men physically and spiritually.

"It is without a doubt the greatest gift you can give anyone," Brother Markham said of the donated kidney he received from his priest friend.

The men recently discussed their experience with The Witness, newspaper of the Archdiocese of Dubuque.

"It was a great experience," Father Bullock said. "I jokingly say to people, 'I highly recommend it,' but I really do. It really was not that hard and the benefits are so huge."

Despite a major post-operative complication and a few other issues, both Father Bullock, 54, and Brother Markham, 73, continue to do well.

"I actually have more energy than I did for a year or a year and a half before the surgery," Brother Markham said. "Having been told right before I got on dialysis that if I didn't get on dialysis I had a very short time to live, and having been very, very sick at that time, you just look at everything differently. Continue reading

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