A second chance at life

Reginald Ackie, left, and Cheryl Coe show off their bandages from their last blood draw before the transplant surgery. This photo was taken shortly after Ackie discovered Coe was donated one of her kidneys to him in November of 2015. At the time, the two were colleagues at Piedmont Newnan Hospital.
Reginald Ackie’s days were numbered by November of 2015.

The then-55 year-old-man was in the last stages of chronic kidney disease, a disorder that had plagued him since he was 5 years old.

In 2013, Ackie, the zone security manager for Piedmont Newnan and Piedmont Fayette hospitals, had a standard blood test under the advice of an emergency room physician.

The results were anything but routine.

More tests showed Ackie’s kidneys were only functioning at 13 percent.

“I was numb,” Ackie said. “It was much later when the news finally sunk in.”

He was immediately placed on the Georgia transplant list.

Unfortunately, none of Ackie’s family was compatible enough to donate a kidney.

It would be two years before the Piedmont employee would find a match – and it would come from a surprising source.

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