Retired CS officer, daughter who donated kidney, recovering after transplant surgery

TEMPLE, Tex. (KBTX) - On Wednesday, LaRhesa Johnson, 33, gave her father Larry, 62, one of her kidneys. Her offering as a living donor allows her father to end his five-year journey with renal failure and wait on the transplant list.

LaRhesa and Larry, a retired College Station assistant police chief, rang the "transplant bell" at Baylor Scott & White Health in Temple Friday.

"It's an awesome feeling," said LaRhesa Johnson. "I'm glad that it finally happened, and we're both doing well afterwards...on the road to recovery and in the second half of this journey."

"I don't know what a greater gift someone could give to someone," said Larry Johnson. "I'm very appreciative--it's hard to describe."

Staff at Baylor Scott & White Health were also touched by the Johnson's story. Their transplant surgeon Dr. Steven Potter, said it was an honor to facilitate this life-giving gift.

"Taking a kidney out of a healthy person who wants to donate is a sacred duty," said Dr. Potter. "To see that kind of irony of someone who brought you into the world, and then years later you give them life? It's really remarkable."