One Year Later: Local Boy Healthier Than Ever After Kidney Transplant

If you were to meet 9-year-old Zachary Pritchett for the first time today, you’d think he were just like any other 3rd grader.

Zachary's classmates made him a sign to celebrate his "Kidneyversary"
Zachary’s classmates made him a sign to celebrate his “Kidneyversary”

But for the first eight years of his life, Zachary was like a different person; he was on heavy medications, hooked up to dialysis machines, and doctors were frantically searching for a donor kidney – without much luck.

Then, in early 2015, his parents got a phone call.

“It was 2 o’clock in the morning on February 10th,” said Zachary’s father David. “They said ‘we got a match, it’s about a 90% match and you guys need to be here by 5 o’clock.'”

Later that day, Zachary got his brand new kidney, and now he’s healthier than ever.

“His energy level is almost through the roof,” said David. “He’s running around like a normal 9-year-old and that’s what matters a lot.”

In fact, he’s feeling so well Zachary recently ran in his first 5K.

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