Family celebrates successful kidney transplant

Friday, February 15th 2008, 7:38 pm
By: News 9

By Alex Cameron, NEWS 9

A Shawnee mother and father are celebrating the much-improved health of their youngest son.

A year ago the boy had a life-saving kidney transplant.

Brayden Cozart was on dialysis and awaiting a transplant in October 2006, due a rare and potentially fatal kidney disease.

Brayden, 3, and 4-year-old brother Braxton are a regular pair, but his parents say that wouldn't be the case if not for Brayden's second cousin, Sandy Morris, who gave Brayden one of her kidneys.

"It's just a blessing for someone to give up part of their life for your kid to have a normal - or semi-normal life," said Amanda Cozart, Brayden's mom. "It's just a blessing."

Brayden's dad said his son's improvement has been amazing to see.

"Watching him just go around from laying in bed all the time to running and jumping and playing like a normal kid, being able to do a thing a normal kid would do," Gary Cozart said.

Brayden won't be able to everything other kids do, and his mother said she doesn't look forward to the day she has to explain why.

"Why can't I play football,' ya know that's gonna be the hard part, but he'll understand that he can't do all these things," Amanda Cozart said.