Lufkin attorney thrives after kidney transplant from rival

Lufkin attorney thrives after kidney transplant from rival

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Six years ago, Attorney Scott Skelton needed something money couldn't buy.

"I was told I needed a kidney transplant," said Skelton.

A condition called IGA Nephropathy was what led to Skelton's need for a transplant. The fastest way for him to receive this treatment would be from a willing donor.

"So, I just kind of put the word out that I had this problem and I didn't ask anybody to be a donor," Skelton said.

Word traveled quickly and not long after his diagnosis, an opposing East Texas attorney Keith Langston gave Skelton a call.

"He said, 'hey I hear you need a transplant and I'd like to give you a kidney'. I said, 'Keith, that's kind of crazy! And he said, 'No, I want to do it," said Skelton.

Skelton explains that this kind of offering reminded him that a healthy life was ahead of him.

"Every time somebody volunteered to be a donor, it was like a ray of sunshine, a ray of hope in my life, because even if didn't turn out that they would, the fact that they were willing just made you feel good," said Skelton. "It made you feel better. It made you feel healthier."

The procedure was completed in February of 2009 and Skelton described the process to be a lot easier than people may realize.

"He was in the hospital about 24 hours, that's all it takes," said Skelton. "It's done laparoscopically for him."

"I was in the hospital for about four days and then stayed in Dallas about three and a half to four weeks afterwards because they test you on a daily basis," Skelton explained. The two lawyers received a great amount of notary after the surgery.

This morning, Skelton says he received an email from the San Diego Bar Association allowing permission to feature their story for the lawyers across the nation.

"They're kind of emphasizing to their members professionalism and how you treat your adversary and they just think that this is a good example," Skelton said.

After Skelton's life-changing transplant, he admits he will forever be an advocate for organ donation.

"It's one of those things that people can understand how powerful the gift can be, and how relatively easy that it can be for them to do," explained Skelton.

The attorney says he is well adjusted to his new kidney and looks forward to a healthy and active future alongside his family and friends.

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