After a wait time that lasted a little over a year, Robert Icard received his kidney transplant.
Icard, who resides in Newberry, received the call Aug. 8 in the afternoon and he and his wife, Robin, headed down to Charleston the next day.
Robert Icard had his transplant operation at the Medical University of South Carolina which was the first hospital they signed up for. They also signed up at a hospital in Augusta, Ga. in hopes of having a higher opportunity.
Robin explains that the doctors told them that they were actually second in line and she was thinking that they may come back home because of that.
However, Robert received his transplant and they arrived back home last week.
Robin adds that he still must undergo lab work and tests up to a year and she travels with him once a week. In the future, the visits will spread out more.
While Robin works at Gallman Elementary, she is able to take time to travel with her husband.
Their church, Mt.Pleasant U.M.C. in Pomaria, was a huge aid to the Icards.
The church hosted a barbecue fundraiser in July which was a huge success according to Willie Morris. Morris helped organize the event; she is also a member of Mt. Pleasant.
The church still has a bazaar approaching on Sept. 29 at the church to help assist with expenses as the Icards still have expenses coming with the transplant.
While Icards were in Charleston for the transplant, they were reminded what a small world this is when they saw another Newberry guy who received his transplant.
The two families knew each other and were able to chat.
Robin says her husband is doing well and are blessed by the out pour from their church community.