Connecticut Senate President Martin Looney to receive new kidney from donor

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — There was good news for Connecticut Senate President Martin Looney on Monday. A volunteer has stepped forward to give him a kidney.

Looney, who has been suffering from kidney failure, is scheduled to have transplant surgery early next week. Looney has battled a form of arthritis since he was a teenager, and the medication caused his kidney trouble.

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“The outpouring of support and kindness has truly been overwhelming,” said Senator Looney, who has received many calls from friends, relatives and strangers volunteering to be evaluated as potential donors. “I want to thank my volunteer donor for this extraordinary gift and I look forward to seeing all of my colleagues in the General Assembly on the opening day of the legislative session.”

Original Story: Connecticut senator in need of kidney transplant

Senator Looney spoke with News 8’s Mark Davis Monday night, and said that his surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, December 20th. Looney intends to be home for the Christmas holiday, and said that he hopes to be at the Capitol for opening day of the new legislative session on Wednesday, January 4th.

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