Man receives life-saving intestinal transplant

Created: 12/20/2013 1:14 PM
By: Monica Robins, WKYC

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WKYC) -- It's a transplant surgery that few people realize is possible but it's been done at Ohio's Cleveland Clinic for several years.

In this case, it's an Alabama man who had his intestines transplanted to not only save his life but allow him to truly live it.

Kevin and wife Amy Decker moved to Cleveland in January for one reason to save Kevin's life.

Kevin started suffering from ulcerative colitis in 1998.

By 2011, his small intestine was dead.

"So they had removed everything but a hundred centimeters of my small intestine and gave me something called short bowel syndrome," he said.

Kevin could no longer eat.

He survived with artificial nutrition fed through a tube.

But no one can eat like that for long.

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