Tyler returns to the waiting list

Vernon Morning Star | Katherine Mortimer

Tyler Watson, 19, has outgrown the kidney he received as a toddler (below) and is on the transplant list as he waits for a new organ. March is Kidney Health Month in Canada. / Katherine Mortimer/Morning Star Staff

The last time The Morning Star met Tyler Watson, he was two years old, sporting bright yellow overalls and scooting down a plastic toddler-sized slide in his living room.

Now 19 and wearing a hoodie and jeans, the Vernon secondary school graduate is 6-foot 1 and has long outgrown his toys.

He’s come a long way since he underwent a life-saving kidney transplant at B.C. Children’s Hospital, thanks to a healthy kidney donated by his father.

Then just nine months old, Tyler was born with severe damage to his kidneys and in July 1998, he became the smallest and youngest kidney transplant recipient in British Columbia history when he received a kidney from his dad, Corey Watson.

“Life has been pretty normal — I’ve been sick a few times, but other than that it’s been pretty good,” said Tyler, relaxing with his mom, Renee Webber, in the living room of the family’s Mission Hill home. Continue reading