- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - A Georgia Hooters waitress and a longtime regular customer at the restaurant are both doing well after a successful kidney transplant, doctors said.

Mariana Villarreal, 22, gave one of her kidneys to Donald Thomas, 72, Friday at the Piedmont Transplant Institute, WXIA-TV reported (https://on.11alive.com/1I0pENe).

“The surgery could not have gone better,” said Harrison Pollinger, who performed Villarreal’s donor procedure on Friday. Villarreal was released from the hospital over the weekend, and doctors said Thomas is expected to return home by Tuesday.

“He is progressing at a remarkable rate,” said Piedmont Atlanta Hospital Transplant Unit Clinical Manager Cerise Wotorson. “Mr. Thomas is in good spirits and is already up and walking around the unit.”

The television station reported that Villarreal hardly knew Thomas, but was inspired to help him because she recently lost her grandmother to kidney failure.

“Continuing forward, we will monitor both their oral and intravenous intake and output closely to ensure adequate kidney function,” Pollinger said. “Comfort and mobility are also essential to transplant patients’ post-operative success.”

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Information from: WXIA-TV, https://www.11alive.com/

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