Jim Duquette: Dad gives ten-year-old daughter ultimate gift after she needed urgent kidney transplant

He was a perfect match: Dad gives ten-year-old daughter ultimate gift after she needed urgent kidney transplant

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22:21 GMT, 6 November 2012

A father whose ten-year-old daughter needed dialysis to live has been able to give her the ultimate gift.

After doctors were forced to remove both of Lindsey Duquette's failing kidneys a year and a half ago, her sports broadcaster father, Jim Duquette was found to be the perfect match.

Although doctors tried everything to avoid a transplant, Mr Duquette, who is on WJZ-FM The Fan in Baltimore, told CBS13: 'When you start to get the experiment drugs, you're at the end of the line, really.'

Miracle: After doctors were forced to remove both of Lindsey Duquette's failing kidneys a year and a half ago, her sports broadcaster father, Jim Duquette was found to be the perfect match

Miracle: After doctors were forced to remove both of Lindsey Duquette's failing kidneys a year and a half ago, her sports broadcaster father, Jim Duquette was found to be the perfect match

Lindsey's kidneys started failing when she was just two years old, and last summer, doctors scrambled to find a donor.

'They tested [my dad] from blood,' Lindsey said.

After three months of preparation, the duo underwent delicate surgery at Johns Hopkins
Hospital.

Last chance: Although doctors tried everything to avoid a transplant, Mr Duquette told CBS News: 'When you start to get the experiment drugs, you're at the end of the line, really'

Last chance: Although doctors tried everything to avoid a transplant, Mr Duquette told CBS News: 'When you start to get the experiment drugs, you're at the end of the line, really'

Brave face: Lindsey's kidneys started failing when she was just two years old, and last summer, doctors knew scrambled to find a donor

Brave face: Lindsey's kidneys started failing when she was just two years old, and last summer, doctors knew scrambled to find a donor

Transplant: After three months of preparation, the duo underwent delicate surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Transplant: After three months of preparation, the duo underwent delicate surgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital

Transplant: After three months of preparation, the duo underwent delicate surgery at Johns Hopkins
Hospital

'You're gonna be fine. You're gonna be great,' Mr Duquette said. 'I'll see you when we're out, OK'

One in ten Americans has a form of chronic kidney disease, and last year nearly 5,000 people
died in the U.S. waiting for a donor.

Lindsey's doctor, Paul Colombani, Johns
Hopkins Hospital Children's Surgeon-in-Charge, said: 'There are tens of
thousands of patients on the waiting list nationally.

Patiently waiting: Lindsey's doctor, Paul Colombani said, 'There are tens of thousands of patients on the waiting list nationally'

Patiently waiting: Lindsey's doctor, Paul Colombani said, 'There are tens of thousands of patients on the waiting list nationally'

Successful surgery: Thanks to her father, Lindsey is one of the luckier kidney disease sufferers, and just three months after the life-changing transplant, she's back in school and playing baseball with her dad

Successful surgery: Thanks to her father, Lindsey is one of the luckier kidney disease sufferers, and just three months after the life-changing transplant, she's back in school and playing baseball with her dad

'There aren't enough organ donors for the need.'

Thanks to her father, Lindsey is one of the luckier kidney disease sufferers, and just three months after the life-changing transplant, she's
back in school and playing baseball in the front yard.