San Diego man with Down syndrome meets kidney donor for first time

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SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- A San Diego man with Down syndrome met the man who saved his life by donating a kidney for the first time Wednesday.

James Wellman met his donor, Paul Williams, for the first time after having his life-saving surgery.

Wellman was diagnosed with Down syndrome when he was born, and in 2017 his kidneys were functioning at only 12 percent.

His family grew concerned after he was rejected for a transplant by several programs in Southern California.

Paul Williams was simply walking his dog in 2017 when something happened that would impact his life.

After the walk, Williams said he turned the TV on and saw a story on 10News about Wellman’s need for a kidney transplant.

"I called my wife into the room and told her what was being said on the television," Williams said. "I simply told my wife, ‘this is what I want to do.’ and so the journey began."
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