ETMC celebrates 500th & 501st kidney transplants

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - TYLER, TX (KLTV) - It was a milestone Thursday for an East Texas hospital. ETMC Tyler celebrated their 500th and 501st kidney transplants.

The hospital started the kidney transplant program back in 1987.

Reyna Gonzalez, 29, received the 501st kidney transplant, after spending five years on dialysis. Today, she calls the care she received a miracle.

"This team is special," said Gonzalez. "I want to say thank you. I cannot repay what they've done for me. I feel good even my face looks different. They take care of every detail, everything."

ETMC currently has 134 patients on their kidney transplant waiting list.

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