Disappointing news for couple expecting kidney transplant

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Lahonda Johnson of Wilmington has been on a waiting list to get a kidney transplant for a little more than two years.

In December 2009, doctors told Lahonda her husband, Richard, was a perfect match for the transplant.

"It was a relief to know that it was my husband and to know it was somebody that was close to me," said Lahonda. "It made me feel better to know it was my husband."

She never thought the person who would be a match would be the man she's been with for the past six years.

Husband to donate kidney

But last week the couple learned Richard has multiple cysts on his right kidney, so it would be a health risk for both if he donated his kidney.

Now, Lahonda will remain on dialysis until she can find another match.

Church members at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington is holding a benefit event for Lahonda January 23.

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