On Monday, the 40-year-old Borders, who suffers from chronic kidney disease, received a transplanted kidney from Derek Staples, pastor of Jacksonville First Baptist Church. (Their story was chronicled in the Jan. 21 Faith section of The Star.)
After spending Tuesday recovering from nausea and headaches caused by the anesthesia used during surgery, Borders was able to walk around the UAB Hospital and visit with her two teenaged daughters in the hospital’s day room.
“Everything’s been going great,” said Jennifer’s husband, Jason Borders. “It’s been a textbook case so far.” Doctors told Jason that his wife’s kidney function is normal.
Staples, who could not be reached for comment, was discharged from UAB and returned home to Jacksonville late Tuesday afternoon. Borders will remain in the hospital a few more days before moving to a nearby townhouse, which will allow her to conveniently return for further testing.
“She’s very happy,” Jason said. “She’s excited, feeling good. It’s a miracle all around.”
This is the third kidney transplant for Borders, who received her first transplant from her mother at age 16 and the second from a member of Jacksonville First Baptist Church 12 years later.
Jason and Jennifer, as well as Staples, have been documenting their experiences through a blog — 2givelife.wordpress.com — in an effort to raise awareness about chronic kidney disease.
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