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Wake Forest Baseball Coach Donates Kidney to Freshman Player

Feb. 8 (Bloomberg) -- Wake Forest University baseball coach Tom Walter donated a kidney to freshman outfielder Kevin Jordan, a draft pick of the New York Yankees.

In a procedure performed yesterday at the Emory Transplant Center in Atlanta, Walter, 42, had a kidney removed and given to the 19-year-old Jordan, according to the university’s website. Both operations were a success and both men should make a full recovery, the website said.

Jordan, who was picked by the Yankees in the 19th round of 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, suffers from ANCA vasculitis, an autoimmune disease that causes the destruction of blood vessels through inflammation. Jordan was diagnosed in April 2010, after losing 20 pounds during a bout with the flu. Doctors discovered that his kidney function was 15 percent to 20 percent normal and said a transplant would be necessary, according to the university.

In December, after Jordan’s family members were deemed incompatible for donation, Walter decided to undergo testing. On Jan. 28, the first day of spring practice, he was informed that he and Jordan were a match, the university said on the website.

Walter is entering his second season as coach of the Demon Deacons, posting an 18-37 record last year. Prior to his arrival at the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, he spent five years at the University of New Orleans.

To contact the reporter on this story: Eben Novy-Williams in New York enovywilliam@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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