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May 4, 2013 5:38 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

6th Annual Driscoll's Transplant Reunion

CORPUS CHRISTI - Transplant recipients got to reunite with the people who saved their lives this morning. Several people turned out for the 6th annual Driscoll Children's Hospital Transplant Reunion.

Children who used to be troubled by failing kidneys got to laugh, play, and have a good time with the doctors, nurses, and volunteers who were there for them. It was an event with food, fun, and games at West Guth Park near Up River Road.

19 year old Joe Esparza was an athlete six years ago, before his kidney problems. He had his transplant last year, and now, he's back to living a normal life. He gets to eat the things he loves and do the things he wants.

He would like to thank his anonymous donor, if he ever had the chance.

"I don't know him, but I love him," Esparza says.

For one young man, his donor was his own mom.

"Me being his mom, I would do anything for him. So I decided I was going to give my kidney to him," Christina Arredondo says.

Dr. Patrick Almond has been part of 65 kidney transplants over the last seven years.

"It's great to come out here on a beautiful day and see the kids having a good time, enjoying their health," he says.

With all that the kids have been through with the doctors and the nurses, seeing them again is like being with family.

"It's like a family reunion, it's not really a transplant reunion," Esparza says.

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