Clarksville councilman to donate kidney to longtime friend - WKRN News 2

Clarksville councilman to donate kidney to longtime friend

Posted: Updated: March 8, 2013 04:34 PM
Clarksville councilman Nick Steward Clarksville councilman Nick Steward
Recipient Wiley Bird Recipient Wiley Bird
CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. -

Clarksville councilman Nick Steward announced he is donating a kidney to a friend in need of a transplant.

Recipient Wiley Bird has genetic kidney disease and has been on dialysis since December 2011. He previously underwent a kidney transplant 10 years ago, but is now in need of another.

"I have polycystic kidneys, which is hereditary kidney disease which took my mother and took one of my sisters. My other sister has had a transplant and she's in kidney failure right now too," Bird told Nashville's News 2.

He continued, "I was speechless when Nick told me he was even thinking about being tested. It was the kindest thing anyone has ever said to me."

Steward said he was undergoing the process of becoming a donor earlier this year when he learned Bird was in need of a second transplant.

"It's something that I can do that helps him and it doesn't cost me the world, but it means a lot to him, so I'm glad I'm able to do that," he told Nashville's News 2.

The upcoming surgery will take place at Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville in late April and is expected to take around three hours.

Following the procedure, Steward and Bird will remain hospitalized for a few days and spend several weeks recovering.  

Steward made the public announcement on Thursday night in an effort to raise more awareness about organ donation.

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