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Special Father's Day Celebration at North Shore-LIJ
Date:6/14/2013

Manhasset, NY (PRWEB) June 14, 2013

This is one family that really knows how to celebrate Father’s Day.

Exactly two weeks ago, Leonard Burke, 32, of Richmond Hills, Queens, received the gift of life from his father, Ronald, in the form of a second transplanted kidney. During a press conference held at the North Shore University Hospital Transplant Center to showcase the Burke family’s courage and compassion, Leonard described his five-year battle with kidney disease.

It was back in 2008 that Leonard learned that his kidneys were failing due to hypertension. After undergoing two difficult years of dialysis, Leonard was shocked to learn that tests had revealed his wife, Rhonda, was, indeed, a perfect match. The pair is, as he described it, “a match made in heaven.”

The kidney transplant took place on March 29, 2010. The successful transplant was especially meaningful for the young couple because they were very eager to begin a family. With his health restored, Leonard and Rhonda became the proud parents of Isabel on Nov. 20, 2011, just a few days before Thanksgiving. Isabel, now a healthy 18-month-old toddler, was the center of attention as she sat in her mother’s lap during the press event.

But the family got the shocking news a few months ago that the transplanted kidney was failing and he would need another.

Ernesto Molmenti, MD, surgical director of the healthcare system’s transplant center, performed both transplants and called Leonar
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