Uncle Donates Kidney to Toddler Niece

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When Devin Penny of Wichita heard that his sister’s two year old daughter Lacy desperately needed a kidney, he didn’t hesitate to offer his. He said that’s what families do to show their love for each other. The fact that he’s a family practice physician meant he knew exactly what he was getting into.

Dr. Penny was good match for his niece, and had one of his kidneys removed at The University of Kansas Hospital. It was immediately transported to The Children’s Mercy Hospital and transplanted into Lacy. Three days later, Dr. Penny was able to visit his niece and saw for himself what a difference the new kidney made.

In the video, we hear from Dr. Devin Penny before his donation procedure, Dr. Sean Kumer, transplant surgeon at The University of Kansas Hospital, Dr. Penny again at the Children’s Mercy Hospital visit, Tiara Hodges-Ewing, Lacy’s mother and Devin’s sister, and Dr. Bradley Warady, Lacy’s kidney specialist at The Children’s Mercy Hospital.