ATLANTA - With the exception of some soreness in his right side and the blue hospital socks sticking out from under his Wake Forest warmup suit, Kevin Jordan was back to feeling himself on Wednesday morning.
The former Northside player spoke with the media on Wednesday in a conference room at Emory University Hospital shortly before noon and just two days since undergoing kidney transplant surgery.
“I couldn’t be better,” Jordan said. “I’m a little sore, but I can’t complain about any of this.”
Seated next to him was Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter, the man who gave Jordan the kidney. Together, the pair and two of the attending surgeons assured the pool of reporters from across the country in attendance that they were feeling all right and looking forward to getting back to baseball.
Walter, too, was recovering well.
“I feel terrific,” Walter said. “I’ll tell you, it gets better every hour.”
In April 2010, Jordan was diagnosed with ANCA vasculitis, a condition in which antibodies attacked the kidneys and ultimately required a transplant. After his father was ruled out as a donor because of high blood pressure, his mother and brother were found not to be good matches.
Knowing they shared the same O-type blood, Walter volunteered to be tested, and when in December it was found he was a match, agreed to donate a kidney.
The surgeons estimated there was about a 15 percent chance of someone in need of a kidney finding a match in someone with the same blood group who would then be cleared to donate.
Both men are expected to be able to return to light physical activity in about two months, and Jordan said he hopes to return to Wake Forest for fall classes and, if possible, return to baseball soon thereafter.
"As soon as my body agrees with me and I'm allowed to start playing, I'm going to start playing," Jordan said.
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