Councilwoman Laura Padgett undergoes dual-transplant surgery
WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — According to a spokesperson for the City of Wilmington, City Councilwoman Laura Padgett is undergoing a dual-organ transplant surgery at Johns Hopkins Medical Center as of Tuesday evening.
Padgett said: “I have had Type 1 Diabetes for over 40 years and in 1994 I was diagnosed with Kidney
Disease as a result of the long-term diabetes. This week, I was offered a dual-organ
transplant of a kidney and a pancreas, a miracle. While I have struggled with these two chronic illnesses, along with many others in this community, my service on City Council and my faith in God served as the ‘winds
behind my back’ that seemed to hold off critical health problems. I am thankful for all that support.”
At Tuesday’s City Council meeting, Mayor Bill Saffo announced that Ms. Padgett is expected to be out for a few weeks, but looks forward to being back soon.
“Speaking on behalf of the entire City Council, our thoughts and prayers are with Ms. Padgett and her family. We wish her all the best. Her experience and insight serves the city well and we looking forward to her coming back as soon as possible,” Saffo said.
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