First twittercast kidney transplant ruled a success

Johnson has been on dialysis since going into kidney failure. Now, he┬┐ll finally be able to live a normal life again.

Caleb Johnson

Caleb Johnson (June 6, 2012)

Indianapolis

It was an historic day for IU Health as one group of doctors live tweeted while another group doctors saved performed a kidney transplant.

The kidney went from 33-year-old Colin Newton to his buddy, 31-year-old Caleb Johnson.

Johnson has been on dialysis since going into kidney failure. Now, he’ll finally be able to live a normal life again.

During the operation, IU Health had a tweeter in the room doing pretty much a play-by-play of how the process works.

The surgery wrapped up at about 1:30 p.m.

“There is a huge need for kidney transplants… There are about.  16-17,000 kidney transplants done annually and that doesn’t come close to what we need,” said Dr. Tim Taber.

Doctors said they hope the twittercast will highlight the importance of organ transplants.

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