Gloucester man set to receive kidney at UVA Health in February

Gloucester man set to receive kidney at UVA Health in February
Chris Leigh (FILE)

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) - NBC29 recently shared the story of a man in dire need of a kidney transplant. Now, we are happy to share he found a match and it came on Christmas Day.

Chris Leigh, a Gloucester man with a rare kidney disease, says he ended up with two kidney donor matches. The first came from Michael Belcher, a retired Newport News police officer, who said he wanted to save at least one more person.

However, doctors told him there was already a match being considered and that person surprised Leigh on Christmas Day.

“He and his wife, and his two beautiful girls came out and said, ‘I have a Christmas card for you,’ and in the Christmas card he said he’s going to donate his kidney to me. I broke down crying. I fell right to my knees, I thanked God for letting me have a second chance at life,” Leigh said.

His donor wishes to remain anonymous, but Leigh’s transplant is set for sometime in February at the University of Virginia Health System.

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