By Sharon Stevens Education Reporter
KSDK -- A 16-year-old St. Louis-area teen says he is especially thankful this holiday season after undergoing his second organ transplant.
A few weeks ago, Isaiah Burridge of Warrenton, Missouri underwent a successful kidney transplant. It was his second transplant procedure, 16 years after the first one!
NewsChannel 5 was first introduced to Burrdige when he had a heart transplant six weeks after he was born. An ultrasound showed a heart abnormality when Burridge was still in his mother's womb. After he was born, his family decided that a delicate transplant operation was the best option.
A little more than a month ago, Burridge received a new kidney from a cadaver donor. He didn't have to wait long; in late September he discovered that he only had 14-percent kidney function.
Burridge feels great now and is an aspiring musician, but he is undergoing follow-up treatments at St. Louis Childrens Hospital.
Burridge is homeschooled; it's easier his family says, in case there are any health issues.
In addition to the two transplants, Isaiah's also had a couple of skin cancers and he has to be careful when he goes outdoors or when its cold and flu season. But he says he's not looking back. He's looking forward to the rest of his life.
"I'm thankful for my life and what God has blessed me with and what it takes for me to live," said Burridge. "Sometimes I hate it and I'm sick of it. But you know when I come to my senses, I wouldn't have it any other way because I don't think I'd be the man that I am if it wasn't for it."
Chief surgeon of Organ Transplants at St. Louis Children's Hospital, Dr. Jeffery Lowell says there's nothing holding Burridge back from doing whatever he wants to, citing Olympic athletes and others who have excelled as people living with organ transplants.