On the surface, Kyle Bailey, a Port Huron native, shows no signs that he’s a medical miracle. But inside, he is a testament to the lifesaving power of transplant surgery: The 32-year-old’s body contains four organs from other people.
That’s right, four.
There’s the double lung transplant, which gave him the capacity to inhale deeply after years of struggling to take a single breath. Subsequent liver and left kidney transplants (the original organs were damaged from a lifetime of lung medication) ensure that his body can function without machinery.
The precious gifts, received over several surgeries at the University of Michigan, gave new hope to an adult who at one point weighed 73 pounds and required oxygen and dialysis.