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Retired appeals court chief justice receives lifesaving gift from former colleague

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The retired chief justice of the 5th Court of Appeals in Texas has received an extraordinary gift from a former colleague.

The retired justice, Carolyn Wright, received a transplanted kidney Tuesday that was donated from her former colleague, David Evans. The surgery was performed at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas. Fox 4 News and the Dallas Morning News have coverage.

Wright suffered kidney failure after she contracted pneumonia and sepsis. She told Fox 4 News that she was on life support and in a coma for two months.

Other friends and family members offered to donate a kidney, but none matched. Evans, it turned out, was a perfect match.

“I feel good donating my kidney to Carolyn,” Evans told Fox 4 News. “She’s a very brave and courageous woman to be fighting for her life.”

Wright told Fox 4 News that she thinks that God is working through Evans. She hopes that other people will consider kidney donation as a result of his kindness.

Wright was the first African American chief justice on an intermediate Texas appeals court. She was on the appellate bench in Dallas with Evans for six years.

Wright didn’t seek reelection in November, while Evans lost his reelection bid. He is now a judge with the 95th civil district court in Dallas.

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