ST. LOUIS – An Army veteran dad and his son are recovering after dad gave 4-year-old Kyle Morrison a kidney.
According to the COTA for Kyle DM Facebook page, Kyle and Shane Morrison's surgery at St. Louis Children's Hospital Thursday morning went well, and the pair are recuperating.
Kyle was born at 37 weeks with a posterior urethral valve, which causes extra tissue growth in male babies. Doctors created an opening to allow him to urinate right after he was born. His kidney function has been monitored since, and this year they started to deteriorate.
Doctors placed Kyle on the transplant list, but his dad, who was deployed in Iraq when Kyle was born, got tested and was a match to donate one of his own.
Now that Kyle has his dad's kidney, his life span has increased by 20-25 years.