There's finally some good news coming out of the NFL, and the story of the Kemoeatu brothers is nothing short of inspiring. Chris Kemoeatu is a 31-year-old former Pittsburgh Steeler, whose career was cut short when he found out he needed a kidney transplant. When his brother Ma’ake – a Baltimore Ravens defensive tackle – found out his organ would be a good match, he quit football and donated his kidney to his brother.
“That’s a cool story,” Pat said on radio this morning. “At least there is something decent happening in the world of sports.”
As TheBlaze reported, University of Maryland Medical Center transplant surgeon Dr. Stephen Bartlett said the surgery – completed on August 27 – was a great success. Both brothers are on their way to recovery.
The typical recovery time for this type of procedure is six weeks. At that point, the brothers say hope to return to their native Hawaii. It is clear these two men put family above all else.
“I’m the oldest of the seven kids, and it’s my responsibility to take care of my younger brothers and sisters,” Ma’ake told the AP. “If my younger siblings need blood, it’ll be my blood. If they need a kidney, it’ll have to be my kidney.
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