Duquette donates kidney to daughter
Former Mets and Orioles executive Jim Duquette completed the most important trade of his life Monday, donating a kidney to his 10-year-old daughter.
Both Duquette, 46, and his daughter Lindsey were listed in fair condition after a successful procedure at Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital, hospital spokeswoman Michelle Potter told The Berkshire Eagle.
The fourth-grader has suffered from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) since she was a toddler and, for the past year, had been living without kidney function while awaiting a transplant, the New York Post reported.
"When we started out with this whole thing, I never would have imagined we’d have ever gotten to this point," Duquette said prior to the procedure. "But Lindsey’s been dealing with this since she was two and a half."
FSGS, for which there is no known cause or cure, is the leading cause of kidney failure in children. More than 8,000 people are diagnosed with FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome annually.
Duquette, now a host on MLB Network Radio heard on SiriusXM, is a board member for The NephCure Foundation, a national kidney disease non-profit that funds research and provides education about FSGS and Nephrotic Syndrome.
He said there’s a 30 percent rate of the disease coming back, even with a new kidney. Of course, that means there’s a 70 percent chance it won’t.
"I like those percentages," he said. "We’re pretty hopeful."