Mother receives kidney from soldier son

/ Source: The Associated Press

A soldier who fought the Army for permission to donate a kidney to his mother underwent surgery to give her the organ Wednesday, and doctors said the operation was a success.

Army Spec. Frank Chapman, 27, and his mother, Patricia Chapman, 54, of Dunnellon, Fla., were both in good condition, Shands Healthcare at the University of Florida medical center reported. Surgeons used a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure to remove his kidney.

"The procedure today went as expected, which means we got the plumbing right," said Dr. Alan Hemming, University of Florida College of Medicine professor and chief of transplantation. "This son has given his mother a precious gift."

Patricia Chapman began dialysis three days a week after she was diagnosed with a kidney disease. When her son found out he was a match for a transplant, he immediately asked the Army for permission.

Army officials initially said no, citing the soldier's high blood pressure reading at a hospital and concerns about possible medical problems after the surgery.

Frank Chapman disputed that ruling, and the Army surgeon general's office agreed to reconsider the opinion following a 24-hour period of blood pressure monitoring.

He was then cleared for surgery by doctors at Reynolds Army Community Hospital at Fort Sill, Okla., and Shands Hospital.

Hospital officials said the family has asked for privacy while mother and son recover.