(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
LIFE-CHANGING SURGERY: Coach on kidney dialysis for four years gets transplant that will change his life, after years on the sideline for the Kettle Falls Bulldogs…
Justin Carstens has been on kidney dialysis since 2015, but you wouldn’t have known it watching him on the sidelines of Kettle Falls football games these past few seasons. The 2009 Kettle Falls grad and assistant coach has a passion for football not matched by many, and this month he received a new kidney that should change his life.
“The surgery went as good as possible,” Carstens said.
The transplant means no dialysis, which included ten hours hooked up to a machine, which for a guy like Carstens can be a bit constraining.
“I really felt trapped for half my life,” Carstens said. “It really hasn’t hit me yet how incredible this gift of life is. It will hit me suddenly someday when I’m doing something maybe I couldn’t have done on dialysis.” More