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Posted at 9:40 AM ET, 12/ 7/2010

Nats hitting coach Rick Eckstein to donate kidney to his brother

By Cindy Boren

Nationals hitting coach Rick Eckstein will donate a kidney tomorrow to his older brother, Ken.

Only last week, Eckstein learned that he was a match for his older brother, Bill Ladson of writes, and the surgery will take place in Florida. Ken Eckstein, currently on dialysis, underwent a kidney transplant in 1991, receiving a kidney from an organ donor. Now, though, that kidney is failing.

"I am ecstatic. I'm very blessed and honored," Ken told Ladson. "This really alleviates so much stress in my life. I know that everything is going to be great."

Said Rick: "It means my brother will be able to live -- and that is exciting."

In the Eckstein family, only Rick and his younger brother, David, have not suffered from kidney disease. Rick and David's father, Whitey, as well as their sisters Christine and Susan have had kidney transplants and are doing well.

"As far as Rick is concerned, it's a no brainer. It needs to be done," Nats Manager Jim Riggleman said. "He is a match for his brother. With what's going on with his family, it's something they have to watch closely."

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By Cindy Boren  | December 7, 2010; 9:40 AM ET
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good stuff

Posted by: CF11555 | December 7, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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