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A Week After A Complex Transplant, Local Woman Is Home

Jake Coan (left) and his sister-in-law Tracie Niemeyer after the transplant surgery. (Family photo)

WEST (March 1, 2013)-- Tracie Niemeyer, 37, of West was home with her children Friday night, a week after she received a kidney from a live donor in a carefully choreographed series of transplants at a hospital in San Antonio in which her brother-in-law, Jake Coan, 34, of West was one of the donors.

The transplanted kidney is working properly and Niemeyer is doing remarkably well, doctors said.

She’ll have to return to the hospital periodically for follow-up tests.

Niemeyer and Coan underwent surgery last week at Methodist Specialty and Transplant Hospital in San Antonio, becoming the 200th couple to participate in the hospital’s 5-year-old live kidney donor exchange program.

Coan, who served three Army tours in Afghanistan and one in Iraq, triggered the 12-person cycle last week when he donated a kidney to an unknown recipient.

After four other swaps, an anonymous donor who was a match with Niemeyer donated a kidney for her transplant.

Coan was released from the hospital on Sunday.

Niemeyer, a mother of three, was diagnosed with kidney disease when she was 4.

She had already received one kidney transplant and was on a wait list for another for six years.

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