In May, we brought you the story of Joey Striplin. The Munroe football coach who needed a new kidney. From the time our story ran, Joey was in and out of the hospital with a variety of ailments--that was until June 8th when he had his transplant. And now, three weeks later, Joey is feeling great and looking good--thanks to his gift of life.
"I'm anxious to get back to a normal life, I hadn't had one in awhile," said Striplin.
For the past 20 years, Joey Striplin has been dealing with kidney disease---on June 8th, he was given a new lease on life---a Gift of Life.
"We talked about having a June 8th celebration."
A celebration of a new kidney, courtesy of his sister in law Alva. We met up with the two at Shands in Gainesville, not 48 hours after the surgery--by then, spirits were high as Joey looks forward to a new beginning.
"You can't put into words, after surgery it's emotional. There are many emotions, happiness, thankfullness, luckiness. Knowing that I had a person that did that for me."
Joey had been dealing with the pain for years. For Alva, this was new territory.
"I would do it all over again. I'm sore, but it's an amazing feeling. Everyone here makes you feel like a celebrity. The pain goes away," said Alva Striplin.
"It takes a special person to do it," Joey said, "Alva is a special person and everything has worked out great so far."
But there were a few hiccups along the way--things that neither of them could control.
"There was a fly in the operating room," remembers Alva, "We were delayed one hour. We were waiting and I had to move rooms, I thought I would come unglued."
But they kept the faith, and now, a few weeks after the surgery, Joey is shuttling back and forth from Tallahassee to Gainesville, but the kidney looks good. The first month is critical, but so far, he's passing with flying colors.
"It's kind of like not emotional. This would have been horrible if he cried. How's my kidney? Kidney is good you know."
**NOTE ** To see the previous stories that were done on Joey Striplin, check out the links below.