Army veteran receives life-changing gift from 10-year-old boy

- Edmund Baines, the man FOX 46 focused on getting results for for more than a year, is home with a new kidney. 

It was in February 2017 when FOX 46 spotted Baines driving around with signs on his truck stating that he was in need of a new kidney. The U.S. Army veteran was needed a lifesaving transplant. 

"When I woke up, I reached down and I felt my side where they transplanted the kidney," Baines told FOX 46. "And the only thing that came to my mind was, 'Yes God, finally I got it.'" 

Over the past 16 months many people have come forward, including a perfect match. However, none were able to donate.

"A young lady was gearing up to give me a kidney so, I got a match with that. But that that night around 5:15 p.m. the kidney people called me."

Last Tuesday, Baines got the call he'd been waiting for-- they had a kidney. A 10-year-old boy with brain disease was taken off life support. His parents decided his organs should be used to help others. 

"I named the kidney innocence because it was the innocence of a child that saved my life."

Baines says he's experienced what life is like being restricted, having had to go for dialysis treatment three times per week. 

"This takes a toll on your body. Your skin, your eyes, your teeth."

The signs that first called our attention to Baines, he says are coming off and new signs are going up.

"Thank all of you. Thank everybody that prayed for me and thank everybody that was concerned about me."

Baines says nearly 20 FOX 46 viewers called while he was in the hospital to wish him well, but he says that it was FOX 46 getting results that kept him going.

"Without the support [FOX 46] gave me as a veteran, as a person, and the love that you all showed me, I wouldn't have made it."

There are plans in the works for Baines to meet his donor's family. He says he's looking forward to taking his son out of town for his graduation, something he hasn't been able to do for four years. 

 

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