X-Message-Number: 23311
From: "Basie" <>
Subject: Frozen kidney
Date: Sun, 25 Jan 2004 01:32:24 -0500

I don't think this kidney was really frozen. Basie
A man had been in a car accident in Utah, and his kidney had been put on
ice, which is crucial to keeping the kidney usable. There is only a 72-hour
period when the transplant must take place before the kidney is too damaged.

That 72-hour period came down to the wire for Rogers as the kidney he had
prayed for was misplaced. It turned out that the carrier had missed the
plane, which resulted in the kidney staying frozen for an extra 12 hours.

"If it wasn't for the transplant surgeon, Dr. Reckard, I don't know what
might have happened," Heidi Rogers said. "He knew that what he did gave the
kids back their daddy."

When the transplant finally occurred on the June 20, his mother's birthday,
it took hours for the kidney to thaw out and start working.

"I had never been so excited to see urine, because that meant that the
kidney was finally working," Heidi Rogers joked.

Since the transplant, Bill Rogers has become a Boy Scout leader and is
working full-time for Lifetouch Photo taking school pictures.

"Having your health means everything," Rogers said. "I was given a second
chance at life." <

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