Local Football Coach Gets Kidney Transplant

By: Lee Gordon Email
By: Lee Gordon Email

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."

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**NOTE ** To see the previous stories that were done on Joey Striplin, check out the links below.


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  • by LR Location: Tallahassee on Jul 1, 2011 at 12:45 PM
    THIS IS GREAT NEWS COACH!!! God Bless you and your family as you recover.
  • by Excited Location: Tallahassee on Jul 1, 2011 at 12:10 PM
    No one knows the pain one goes through when they have to go to dialysis 3 times a week and sit there for 3-5 hours each time just to stay alive! I know someone personally who suffered kidney failure and was blessed to get a kidney transplant. For those who have not had a person experience with a person they know or who has gone through this, would not appreciate this story. Thank God that you are able to get a kidney transplant Mr. Striplin. Your new birthday is coming around. Cherish every moment you can. You are being given a second chance at life! God is good!!!!
  • by TIR on Jun 30, 2011 at 08:10 PM
    Yawn.
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      by LR on Jul 1, 2011 at 12:47 PM in reply to TIR
      You do not have to be so ugly as to post that. "YAWN". Just because you do not care about someone else does not mean others are like you. One day if something happens to you, maybe someone will send you a "yawn". (Especially if it is life threatening)....
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