Syracuse, New York – On Monday, July 15, five years after being diagnosed with kidney disease, Steve Hyder underwent a kidney transplant operation.
"They said my complexion changed for the better while I was still under anesthesia," Hyder said. "I don't look more jaundiced."
Hyder, the former Syracuse television station, received a kidney from second cousin's cousin and goddaughter Liz McMorrow.
The new kidney means that Hyder, who had been in end-stage renal failure just before surgery, would no longer need dialysis treatments three times a week.
"The surgery was a Monday and I had my last dialysis treatment the previous Friday," Hyder said in a telephone interview from his home in Newport, R.I. "I dragged practically the whole weekend. Now that the effort has been dragging has disappeared. This, in itself, is a miracle. & # 39; & # 39;
Hyder, 57, was on the radio team during broadcasts of Syracuse University basketball games in the 80s and 90s. He also spent three seasons with the Chiefs of Syracuse.
After returning to his state of residence in Rhode Island, Hyder joined the Pawtucket Red Sox radio booth where he worked with the former WTVH-Channel 5 anchor Dan Hoard.
His kidney disease forced Hyder to give up radio broadcasts. The work was too tiring. He hopes that it will change with the new kidney.
"I can't wait to get back to work and get on with my life," he said.
Hyder's recovery will take time. He is currently taking three anti-rejection drugs; two of which he will take for the rest of his life.
The kidney works at 100 percent. He says the next step is to recover the strength he has lost.
His doctors advised him to take it easy for at least three months. You must also avoid the crowd to reduce the risk of infection.
"I'm thinking by the fall that I would at least start getting an idea of when I could do something," Hyder said. "If it's in the broadcasts, it would be nice. Maybe a talk show or some basketball, but otherwise, and this might sound like a cliché, but I'd like to do something to give back. I'm so lucky. so much support throughout this ordeal. I would like to support organ donation or work for some non-profit organizations. "
Hyder said that McMorrow, a mother of two 37-year-old children, is fine.
"It's going great," Hyder said. "I was in the hospital from Monday to Sunday. He was out in two days. He is out and chases his children at home. It's fantastic. & # 39; & # 39;
Once Hyder made his condition public, he heard many people, including some who knew him when he lived in Syracuse. The list of supporters included the Syracuse basketball coach Jim Boeheim and his wife Juli.
"Jim and Juli went far beyond that," he said.
Hyder also heard from people he didn't know.
He received a letter from a rabbi in Los Angeles. The man had grown up in Syracuse. He would listen to SU basketball games with his brother.
"He and his brother wore headphones and pretended to be the ones broadcasting the games," Hyder said. "Can you imagine someone in their right mind pretending to be me? He told my story to his temple and offered all sorts of prayers. "
Hyder said he and the rabbi continued to correspond to each other.
But the person to whom Hyder owes the most is someone he can never repay completely. Liz McMorrow.
"His children are 3 and 4 years old. She has a husband, a full-time job and took a break from her life to save mine, "said Hyder." It's not something you can easily thank someone for. "