Recipient, donor recovering from transplant PDF Print E-mail
Written by JORDAN CRAVENS/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 01 April 2013 08:46
File photo. CJ Culpert and his aunt, Sister Mary Ann Culpert. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
CJ Culpert and his aunt, Sister Mary Ann Culpert, who donated one of her kidneys to him, are both at home and doing well after a successful surgery on Tuesday.
“It was just incredible,” said Chad Culpert, CJ’s dad. “It was like God’s hands at work.”
The transplant surgery, which began Tuesday morning at the University of Toledo Medical Center, took about eight hours.
But by Wednesday morning, Sister Mary Ann was up and walking. By mid-afternoon Wednesday, CJ, too, was up and moving around.
Prior to the transplant surgery, the Culperts were told their 33-year-old son would either need to find a kidney donor or begin dialysis. Without either, CJ Culpert’s system would begin shutting down. CJ was born without his right kidney.
Immediately following the surgery, CJ’s numbers began to improve and the impact of the new kidney was immediate, his father said.
Since returning to his parents’ Perrysburg home, CJ has been eating well, resting and taking it easy. Sister Mary Ann is also recovering well.
“He is doing just fine. The surgery itself was absolutely remarkable,” Chad Culpert said.
“It really was a miracle to watch the surgeons and how they did this,” he said.
The family was given regular updates throughout the surgery and was also able to see pictures of the transplant.
CJ will go back for a checkup on Tuesday and will begin taking anti-rejection drugs. He will likely have to stay on those medications for the rest of his life.
CJ will return to his Wood Lane Residential Services home in Bowling Green in a week to 10 days.
Culpert said the family has seen an outpouring of support for CJ and his aunt.
“We have had so many people calling and e-mail with support,” he said.
And CJ, he said, doesn’t mind becoming an overnight local celebrity.
Last Updated on Monday, 01 April 2013 09:03

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