Carson Kainer was drafted in the 14th round of last week’s Major League Baseball draft but his pro career is going to have to wait. Kainer learned earlier this month that he was in need of a kidney transplant. Born with chronic renal failure, he has only one functioning kidney and that one is starting to fail as well. His overall kidney function has fallen to 13 percent.
Kainer hopes to have the transplant within the next few weeks, but that is dependent on finding a suitable donor kidney from a relative. After the surgery there would be four to six weeks of recovery and then at least three months before he is allowed to resume any kind of physical activity. If a donor can’t be found within his family, Kainer will have to be put on the national donor waiting list and undergo dialysis treatments while waiting.
Kainer hopes to be back in the outfield for the Texas Longhorns next season. We certainly wish him the best of luck in his treatment and recovery.