Wake Forest baseball coach gives player kidney
Coach Tom Walter donated a kidney to Wake Forest baseball player Kevin Jordan.
February 8th, 2011
01:51 PM ET

Wake Forest baseball coach gives player kidney

A college baseball coach has donated a kidney to one of his players.

Wake Forest University outfielder Kevin Jordan and coach Tom Walter are recovering after surgery at Emory University in Atlanta, team spokesman Steven Wright said.

"Coach Walter told the team about a week ago what he wanted to do and, well, there were just a bunch of stunned faces in the room," Wright said. "But the coach didn't really seemed fazed by the surgery. I don't think it was a matter of making the decision so much as it was, 'This is how it has to be, so it is.' "

Jordan has a rare condition that causes abnormal antibodies to attack white blood cells and damage small blood vessels, the newspaper reported.

Walter reportedly stepped up after learning that none of the athlete's relatives were a match.

The coach talked to USA Today before the operation. "When we recruit our guys, we talk about family and making sacrifices for one another," he said. "It is something we take very seriously. I had the support of my family, Wake Forest and my team. To me it was a no-brainer."

Donating a kidney is an incredible act of generosity, but there's something uniquely remarkable about this case. The freshman from Columbus, Georgia, hasn't even played a game with Wake Forest yet.

Jordan, who was the New York Yankees pick in the 19th round of 2010's amateur draft, had only practiced with his teammates last fall at Wake Forest. He started school at Wake Forest last August, and endured hours of dialysis a day while keeping up with the demands of college ball and his school work. In recent months, his health began to deteriorate, Wright said.

Next semester, Jordan will take time off at home to recover from the surgery. But the coach has said he plans to be at Wake Forest's first game against LSU in less than two weeks.

"He might not be catching fly balls," said Wright. "But Coach Walter will be with his team."

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  1. Lorraine

    Wow. do I feel great reading this story. This is the real deal people. True unconditional love and sacrifice for another person. At the highest level. I cannot think of a greater gift to give another person – than the GIFT of life. God bless both of these men.

    February 8, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Brian Hartman

    This is a truly inspiring story. This coach is my new hero! 🙂

    February 8, 2011 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jackie

    >:( I'am shocked that this is not frontpaged. A guy give another person a fricking kidney and right now the top article is about some bimbo liking her brother? CNN GET RID OF THE PAPRAZZI CRAP AND ACTUALLY SHOW NEWS! >:(

    February 9, 2011 at 1:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. Floria sigmundi

    This was a heartwrenching beautiful story


    February 9, 2011 at 3:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. junkyarddog

    That coach is smart he knows that kid will be in the mlb one day his kidney is an investment trust me!

    February 9, 2011 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. JaG3

    It's good to give a kidney to someone that u think has a shot to be someone great in life. Also to give that person a chance that u couldn't have. You couldn't ask for a better coach or person.

    February 9, 2011 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Amos Elvis

    God bless the coach and the ballplayer. I am a Kidney recipient and am bless my self for the young man that died to give me a kidney. I will never be able to thank him during this lifetime. But, when I see him in Heaven I will thank him for ever. Thank God for the Doctors that do this type of transplantation. Go to the South Eastern Kidney Council and see how you can donate a kidney to save some persons life and make yourself a great gift giver.

    February 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Mary

    Great information !

    February 11, 2011 at 6:45 am | Report abuse |
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