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Dad Loses Weight To Donate Kidney

December 31, 1997

CLEVELAND (AP) _ A 297-pound man dropped more than one-third of his weight in order to donate a kidney to his 4-year-old daughter. Doctors say the transplant was a success.

Randy Leamer of North East, Pa., learned about a year ago he could qualify as a donor for his daughter, Megan, only if he lost about 100 pounds.

He lost 103 pounds and the transplant was performed Dec. 12, Cleveland Clinic revealed Tuesday. Megan, who suffered from complications of kidney disease, was sent home on Dec. 18.

Leamer, 31, is a mill operator at an industrial-shelving plant. Doctors had told him his obesity would increase the danger of pneumonia, blood clots and other complications from the surgery.

His wife began cutting fat from his diet. He also gave up his daily mug of chocolate milk and began a regular exercise program, the hospital said.

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