Willis Wright kidney transplant

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Legendary coach doing well following Tuesday’s kidney transplant

Retired Mississippi Hall of Fame Football Coach Willis Wright is recovering from kidney transplant surgery performed Tuesday at Methodist University Hospital  in Memphis according to a family members who said Wednesday that all vital signs and indicators look positive.

Both donor and recipient are doing well with Wright scheduled to come home Friday and his donor the day prior. Both went to private rooms bypassing ICU following the surgical procedures

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The former South Panola and North Delta head coach’s donor was his Bible study leader Marni McKenzie and fellow church member who is also doing well according to her husband Batesville attorney Bill McKenzie. He said he is expecting her to return home Thursday.

A family member said that although Wright was on a liquid diet, he had eaten a little something Wednesday morning with health care officials planning to have him sitting up and walking the day after surgery.