Dexter mother and son-in-law share new bond over unique kidney transplant

M LIVE | Martin Slagter
DEXTER, MI - Alisande Read referred to her son-in-law Nathan Bush as a "keeper" even before he married her daughter, Meagan, two decades ago.

"I liked him right away. He was a good one ... he was a keeper," Read said.

"She had a couple of duds in there, so when Nathan showed up it was like, 'all right,'" she joked, tossing a tennis ball for her dog Nora inside her home in Dexter.

Read's instincts turned out to be prophetic. On top of enjoying a successful marriage with her only daughter, Bush recently donated one of his kidneys to Read, whose kidney functioning was in decline since she was a teenager.

When Read's kidneys began to fail to the point she needed to put her name on the transplant list more than four years ago, it was Meagan - not Nathan - who was expected to be the saving grace.

A breast cancer diagnosis had put Read's hopes of a transplant on hold for about two years, before Meagan tested as a match with O positive blood. During the screening process, though, it turned out Meagan had kidney stones, which prevented her from being a donor.

The news was devastating for Meagan, who thought her mother would be waiting for a transplant as her kidney functioning hovered below 20 percent. Continue reading

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