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Two Mathews friends undergo kidney transplant surgery

Mathews residents Curt Faulkner and Chris Leigh have known each other for 20 years and recently underwent a medical procedure that made the bond between these two friends even stronger.

When Leigh was 20 years old he was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, a rare type of inflammatory bowel disease. Blood work also revealed that his creatinine levels were slightly elevated, which signaled a possible problem with his kidneys. He was referred to a specialist who monitored his levels every year.

Over the years, his creatinine levels went almost back to normal and Leigh started his boat business at Oyster Cove. In 2016, his creatinine levels started elevating again and he had to undergo a biopsy in 2017. After his biopsy, Leigh was diagnosed with IgA nephropathy, a kidney disease, also known as Buerger’s disease. He was told that he would need a kidney transplant in the next three to five years.

In 2020, Leigh’s creatinine levels increased more and his kidney function was only at 45 p...

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