Fluvanna County father to receive kidney Thursday

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Ronnell Lewis and Harper Smith are out of surgery. Lewis' mother said that the surgery was a success, and that both of them are in the recovery room. The surgery lasted about four hours.


A man from Palmyra, who reached out on social media and to CBS19 for help in finding a kidney, celebrated finding a match on Wednesday night with friends, family, and the donor.

Ronnell Lewis was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis, or FSGS, a disease that shrinks your kidney. Due to the disease, he is on dialysis for ten hours a day. Lewis says he is ready for the surgery.

"Just the thought of having a breath of fresh air or a sigh of relief is definitely exciting," he said.

Evergreen Baptist Church hosted the prayer vigil and celebration for the Lewis family. Lewis says that he is extremely grateful to have family supporting him.

"When you are going about your life, you sometimes forget how much your family loves you, and how much your family wants you here," he said.

Harper Smith, the woman donating her kidney, says that she first heard about Lewis through CBS19.

"I read the article about him, and I immediately commented that I wanted to see if I was a match," she said.

She says that once she was confirmed a compatible donor, the decision was easy to make.

"I didn't want to live my life saying I might need this kidney. I would rather give it to someone who needs a kidney," she said.

Smith and Lewis will undergo surgery at 8 a.m. Thursday.

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