Giving the gift of a kidney

  • Article by: DAVID JOLES
  • Updated: February 19, 2011 - 9:33 PM

Thomas Morgan, 23, of Minneapolis doesn't take friendship lightly.

Last week, he gave Gary Bozicevich, 26 - his friend of less than a year - one of his kidneys during a transplant operation at HCMC in Minneapolis.

Bozicevich, of Bloomington, developed a rare kidney disease at age 17 and his kidneys had failed and he was on dialysis. "We have a lot of similarities, a lot of stuff in common," said Morgan, adding that he shared the same O blood type that would be necessary for him to donate a kidney to his friend.

"I'm pretty generous," Morgan said, describing the trait that he developed with help from his mentor at Big Brothers and from his mom, who was a single mother. "I think of others before I think of myself all the time."

Doctors told Morgan, a gas station worker and restaurant  prep cook,  to expect to miss a month or more of work, but four days after the surgery he was already talking about going back to work cooking.

A few days after the surgery Bozicevich said that despite the pain and grogginess he was feeling he was already "feeling better than I did on my best day of dialysis."

"I have no regrets," Morgan said about giving a kidney to his friend.

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