But as Stewart Reese Jr.
recovers from the discomfort of post-operative major surgery, he
is aware of his
daughter's unique gift.
When the pain subsides, that reminder will remain in the form of a scar across his
Stewart Reese Jr.
can look forward to an active lifestyle free from the torment of waiting lists and results for matching donors-a reality befalling the 90,000 Americans who suffer from kidney failure, as Reese did for more than a year.
"I found myself very weak and tired out," he
remembered, adding that his
energy levels had vanished.
As the founder and senior pastor of Bethesda Cathedral, Stewart Reese, who has preached for 53 years, was visibly active in the community.
However, in 2010, he
was diagnosed with failing kidneys, and a year later was strongly advised to begin dialysis.
initially looked elsewhere, believing a miracle was out there.
was plainly told that further avoidance of dialysis would prevent him from even becoming a transplant candidate.
"I could hardly believe it," remembered Stewart Reese
"I just shook my head.
didn't hesitate one bit - she
wanted to give me her
A week later, the results came back a positive match, and Stewart Reese
would undergo a five-month dialysis regimen to prepare for the May operation.
When the day came, both patients had a team of surgeons.
"It was quite a procedure, I'll tell you that," said Stewart Reese
The change in Stewart Reese
has already been noticeable.
From scaling back public appearances, he's
been active in the church and intends to resume more preaching engagements.
"I feel that I can do that without any problems at all," he
"I'm getting more strength every day."