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Texas Lawyer Gives Kidney to Courtroom Opponent

Posted Mar 10, 2009 7:16 AM CDT
By Debra Cassens Weiss

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A Texas plaintiffs lawyer has donated a kidney to a frequent opponent in the courtroom.

Keith Langston of Daingerfield decided to donate a kidney after he learned from a colleague that lawyer Scott Skelton of Lufkin was nearing kidney failure, Legal Blog Watch reports.

Skelton, a partner with the Zeleskey Law Firm, was nearing the point where he would need dialysis as a result of his autoimmune disease, IgA nephropathy. Langston, an associate with Nix Patterson & Roach, immediately phoned Skelton when he learned of his need and offered his kidney, Texas Lawyer reports. Surgeons performed the operation on Feb. 12.

Langston and Skelton have faced off in asbestos cases brought by nearly 4,000 plaintiffs. Both are graduates of Baylor Law School, but they didn’t attend at the same time. Now both lawyers are advocates for organ donation, according to Cox News Service. “I want people to know that it only takes five or six days to help someone live a full and happy life,” Langston told Cox.

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