Jim Duquette, former Mets GM, donates kidney to young daughter
Former Mets GM, Jim Duquette, donated a kidney to his young daughter Monday, reports said.
June 4th, 2012
12:02 PM ET

Jim Duquette, former Mets GM, donates kidney to young daughter

Baseball fans who tuned into Sirius XM’s "Power Alley" on Monday didn’t hear the familiar voice of analyst Jim Duquette.

Instead, the former general manager of the New York Mets and one-time vice president of the Baltimore Orioles had more important business: trying to save his daughter’s life.

Ten-year-old Lindsey Duquette has a rare kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, the New York Daily News reports.

Duquette was scheduled to go under the knife at Johns Hopkins Hospital, not far from the family's Maryland home, where he was donating his right kidney, the Daily News reported.

In many ways Lindsey Duquette is like any other fourth grader: concerned with life's pressing issues, like convincing her parents to give her an e-mail account, the Baltimore Sun reported.

"Can I pleeeaaase have an email account?" she is quoted as saying in the the paper quoted her as asking.

But life is different and at times uncertain for Lindsey. She has suffered nearly her whole life, first showing symptoms at the end of 2004, the same year her father was Mets GM.  She had both of her kidneys removed after going into end-stage renal failure last year.

The Baltimore Sun article described Lindsey's scarred kidneys leaking protein into her blood and draining her of the vibrant personality, though it seems to have returned since she began daily dialysis treatments.

Now, with the help of her father's kidney, Lindsey has a shot at going into remission from the disease, for which there is no known cure.

Lindsey's outlook is positive. She is looking forward to beginning a new phase of her life with "Raven," the name she gave the kidney, in honor of the local NFL team.

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soundoff (26 Responses)
  1. Watcher

    May they both be blessed with a long and healthy life!

    June 4, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Mary

    Good luck to Dad and his daughter. Have friend whose 40 year daughter mom of 2 on donor list waiting for a kidney. Dialysis 3x/week. Thus far no family nor friends a match. one can only hope!

    June 4, 2012 at 5:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Richard Enright

    Did same last year for a colleague's husband. 3 months later was back to normal and he is doing great. Wish I could do same for my wife who has MS.

    We are surrounded with people who have cancer or some other diseases and can't help. This time I was glad I could. Best of luck to Jim and his daughter.

    June 4, 2012 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. fernace

    It must be devastating to a parent to know their child is so ill! 2 people gave this little girl life & now her Dad has a chance to do it again! I'm sure he & his wife are overjoyed that there is a relatively simple solution to their problem & are treating this as a "no-brainer"! Many people have to rely on other donors, (for more complicated situations), or the medical community to save their children, but in this case the Dad is a match & has it w/in his power to keep his kid alive! That is a blessing! Best wishes for successful transfer & recovery to this Father/ Daughter team!!

    June 5, 2012 at 7:00 am | Report abuse |
  5. Melissa

    Wish the best for Lindsey and her dad, may they both have a speedy recovery and a long life together.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  6. BobTBuilder

    What a cool dad.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:27 am | Report abuse |
  7. mainerd09

    "she is quoted as saying in the the paper quoted her as asking." What is that quote even supposed to mean? I mean, great story and everything, but I don't know what you're trying to say there.

    June 8, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
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