Memphis, TN, United States (4E Sports) – Memphis Tigers assistant coach Robert Kirby donated a kidney to his sister Tuesday and hopes to be back at practice in the next few weeks.
The procedure was performed at Methodist University Hospital in Memphis. Kirby, 53, and his 57-year-old sister, Virginia Kirk, were about to go home by Thursday morning.
The siblings lost their mother, Ethel, 17 years ago because of complications from kidney failure and lupus.
Ethel refused to allow any of her 13 children to see whether they could be a donor match.
“She said she lived her life. She didn’t want any of us to do that,” Kirby shared.
But Kirby said that this time around he’s not going to see his sister experience the same fate.
“This was my sister, and it was never a question mark if I would, but it was ‘Could I?’,” he quipped.
Virginia Kirk was down to one functioning kidney and experiencing renal failure.
Kirby noticed that the color in her sister’s face came back to normal right away.
“She was down to one (kidney), and that one wasn’t functioning very well at all. The life has come back to her,” said Kirby.
Kirk is married with three children and has five grandchildren. Kirby is married and has two children. His wife Valerie fully supported his decision.