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Often we hold up professional athletes as role models but we want to tell you about one who really yeah it's just not for the reasons you would think.
Here's our power player of the.
It's an exciting time -- have -- a new baby boy that we're we're gonna be so proud of and and trying to make a football team -- National Football League.
Reed -- is talking about 2006.
When He was drafted by the Washington Redskins.
And his wife Katie was about to have their first child.
But when -- was born prematurely something was wrong.
The excitement turned to fear.
We find out that my dad.
-- and stage renal disease end stage doesn't sound good for newborn.
No it doesn't there was just a lot of questions about point.
-- had almost total kidney failure He was put on powerful drugs then dialysis.
While Reid became an important part of the Redskins.
How tough is -- for eighteen months to balance.
These really serious issues with the little boy with the fact that you're in.
The most competitive environment in the world -- faith in god kept us together and I think.
My wife and just she's a nurse and I think that gave me some confidence when she got home that.
That'd -- you know she knew what was going on.
Finally -- was big enough to have a kidney transplant.
His mom -- was a match.
It was very difficult to use to be in that.
-- pre operating room and knowing the -- my my wife and my child are gonna go under.
We'll get back to -- in a moment.
But even though his kidney disease was not preventable.
His dad decided to take on the call -- Hi I'm readout.
Professional athlete but I never knew how important kidneys are here -- to tell my son was born with -- The numbers are staggering.
26 million Americans suffer from chronic kidney disease more than 80000 are waiting for a transplant.
And much of that is preventable.
If you have diabetes high blood pressure or family history of kidney disease.
You are at risk.
-- message is to use his standing as a pro football player -- spread awareness and they get people to go for early screening.
I'm hoping that it just maybe -- catch that I will say oh I know that name.
And -- will help them to sit you know maybe oh my dad had diabetes maybe I mean did you get need to get tested.
Which brings us back to little Micah.
They kidney transplant was a complete success.
He is now healthy and happy.
He -- his little scooter around you take spilled I mean He does all the things -- five year old zoo.
And I think that's the most exciting thing.
You can see from this home movie He also likes to go down -- -- With very big bombs.
-- -- -- -- -- are doing well -- and now has two little Brothers.
And readers settled in as -- -- -- team leader on the Redskins.
As you look back on this whole extraordinary five years do you think to yourself.
How many hurdles you have to overcome or do you think how lucky you are.
I think -- and I think I'm blessed to.
Honestly have gone through so many situations to be able -- -- still do what I love to do and go through all that adversity.
I got with the life.
Little -- isn't out of the woods He had kidney transplants can last anywhere from months up to twenty years.
But as -- as confident between medical advances and lots of loving care.
Michael will live a long life.
And that's it -- it.
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