Son donates kidney to dad with hereditary condition

Published On: Feb 06 2013 08:22:09 AM HST

A tri-state man donated one of his kidneys so that his father could live.

Stephen Holland, 20, donated a kidney to his father, Steve. Steve was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary disorder.

Stephen attends Sinclair College on a baseball scholarship.

“The doctors said that I will probably be out of baseball (for) about a month but as long as I keep a healthy diet I should be able to come back just as strong as I was," Stephen said.

Doctors said the long-term benefits of receiving a kidney from a living donor greatly benefit Steve.

“Living donor kidneys last longer, in general they last twice as long - about 20 years. If you can get a very well-matched donor, those can last on average around 30 years," Dr. Steve Woodle said.

Father and son were recovering at UC Medical Center Tuesday. Steve said he was already feeling much better. “When I woke up yesterday I felt a big difference," he said.

Doctors said Steve’s condition is hereditary and there is a 50 percent chance that Stephen could develop the same condition that afflicts his father. Still he said: “It was worth it.”

He also took a risk with his baseball career. Stephen said he was being scouted by recruiters from four-year schools and he hoped his decision to donate his kidney does not impact his baseball prospects.


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