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WASHINGTON (FOX 5 DC) – They’re kickball rivals, mates and now bonded for all times. Two D.C. males have an excellent nearer friendship after one among them supplied up and donated a kidney.
The transplant occurred in mid-July at Medstar Georgetown Hospital and was a part of a paired swap, which gave Paul Johnson a second likelihood at life.
Johnson and Ryan Maddock grew to become mates whereas enjoying on separate groups within the Stonewall Kickball League, a league for LGBTQ folks and their allies.
Throughout a recreation, Maddock, who has labored within the medical discipline, observed one thing was off with Johnson.
“I knew instantly that he had kidney illness. I simply from one level simply knew in my head. I had labored within the medical discipline for some time and I’ve seen not adults, however pediatrics undergo the identical factor,” Maddock stated.
Johnson has a uncommon autoimmune illness, which was attacking his kidneys.
Maddock satisfied Johnson to join the donor registry by providing one among his personal kidneys. He wasn’t a direct match, so the 2 did a pair swap, the place Maddock’s kidney was swapped with one other donor who was a match for Johnson.
Maddock’s provide grew to become a lifeline for Johnson, who says with out it he would have possible needed to look ahead to 5 to eight extra years.
“It’s a second likelihood. It is extra time added to life. I am unable to even put it into phrases. It was simply wonderful,” Johnson stated.
Docs nonetheless monitor Johnson on a weekly foundation, however he tells FOX 5 he’s feeling good and doing properly with the brand new kidney.
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