Whatever Jim Duquette's Father's Day gift turns out to be, he's earned it. The former Mets GM and Orioles VP and current MLB analyst on Monday donated a kidney to his daughter Lindsey (both pictured above, courtesy of the New York Daily News), who suffers from a rare kidney disease.
Lindsey, 10, has since the age of 2 been battling Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis. The Daily News describes the typical course of the disease: "The purpose of kidneys is to filter and cleanse the blood through microscopic filtering units called glomeruli. Because of her FSGS, Lindsey's kidneys were impaired, almost sieve-like, permitting essential proteins to spill into her urine, a condition with devastating consequences, according to NephCure, a foundation that raises research funds in pursuit of a cure for Nephrotic Syndrome."
Since her original diagnosis, Lindsey has made more than 150 trips to the hospital and at one point was on 24 different medications. Eventually, her kidneys shut down, which led to a desperate search for a honor. That search led to her father.
While the decision to be Lindsey's donor was easy for Duquette, he was not without his fears. As for Lindsey, the prospect of having one of her father's organs inside her raised a different concern. "I better not wake up liking wine instead of ice cream," Lindsey told her father.
Our sincerest best wishes to the Duquette family.
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