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- Right now, there are more than 24 hundred Tennesseans waiting...
waiting for an organ that could save their life.
Tonight, we follow up with one transplant patient who's endured this wait not once, not twice, but now threetimes.
This Bellevue woman is back at work... bouncing back from a three year wait for a kidney.
Juanita Malone / Triple Kidney Transplant patient
Things weren't functioning .. the poisons weren't getting out of my body the way they should.
Just no energy.. on the weekends. I slept the weekend away.
It's a battle that started for Juanita Malone at age 14... when she was first diagnosed with cystic disease in her kidneys.
That first transplanted kidney worked 7 years.. kidney number two lasted 12....
But as the transplants stacked up, so did her antibodies--- further complicating her chances of getting a 3rd life saving transplant.
It just makes it more difficult because you can have a blood match.. but then when you line up the antibodies and mix the blood.. it says it won't match and that's what happened with several living donors I had.
It was a catch 22. The longer she went without a functioning kidney, the more her health deteriorated to the point where circulation problems even forced her off the waiting list.
Juanita Malone says: They called me and said you're inactivated. I was devastated!
That was a long six months... spending many nights on dialysis...
There are 2,449 people waiting on an organ in Tennessee.. 88 percent of them need a kidney. The need for people willing to donate is greater than ever.
Holly Isom / Tennessee Donor Services
It's really important to discuss this with your family. That's the number one thing we tell people to do is have the conversation. It's not the most exciting dinner conversation, but it really is important.
Finally, Malone was well enough to be considered.. and the call finally came for the kidney she immediately named....
Juanita says: Hope because especially through this last period of waiting I've just clung to the idea... that every day is filled with Hope.
And here she is throwing out the first pitch at the Sounds game last Friday raising awareness about the need for kidney donors.
Malone has named all of her kidneys and even celebrates their birthdays...
The first one was named R.A. because it worked right away.
The second she named Miracle.
And though Malone does not have high blood pressure or diabetes, medical experts say those two conditions are driving the rapid need for kidney transplants.
If you'd like to sign up to be an organ donor, go to fox17.com, click Foxlinks for a link to Tennessee Donor Services.
Wednesday, August 1 2012, 10:37 PM CDT
Houston brother will be his own attorney in court
June 18, 2013 13:02 GMT
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Roane County man will face federal gun violation charges next month without an attorney.
The Knoxville News Sentinel (http://bit.ly/17VlXpM ) reported Rocky Joe Houston will represent himself on a charge of possession of a gun by a felon.
The charge came after Houston earlier represented himself in state court on charges stemming from a police chase. He was convicted of evading arrest and reckless endangerment.
Houston and his brother, Leon Houston, were tried, but not convicted, in the 2006 shooting deaths of a Roane County deputy and his ride-along companion.
In federal court, Rocky Joe Houston is claiming the officer who charged him with the felony had no legal authority.
Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, http://www.knoxnews.com
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