Alex Poythress’ mother Regina has been dealing with kidney failure since his time at Kentucky, but today, her daughter — Alex’s twin sister Alexis — gave her the gift of life. This afternoon, Alex shared that Regina and Alexis underwent successful transplant surgery at Vanderbilt hospital in Nashville.
Surgery for my mom & my sister went great! Thanks for everyone who thought about my family. Love these 2 women to death. pic.twitter.com/5BqjZDGWBj
— Alex Poythress (@AlexTheGreat22) February 5, 2019
Earlier this afternoon, John Calipari took to Twitter to ask for prayers for the Poythress family:
I know I'm asking for a lot of prayers lately but this one we really need your help with, #BBN. @AlexTheGreat22's sister is giving one of her kidneys to her mother today. The ultimate sacrifice! Thinking about Alex and his family today.
— John Calipari (@UKCoachCalipari) February 5, 2019
The family found out that Alexis was a donor match in August. At the time, Alex, who is a two-way player with the Atlanta Hawks/Erie Bayhawks, told The Athletic that the whole ordeal has given him perspective on what really matters.
“We are blessed to be in the position we are in right now,” Poythress said. “I get to wake up every day and play basketball. There’s no complaints from me whatsoever. There are some people who wake up and don’t have a place to live and don’t have anything to eat. When you put it all into perspective, you really change your way of how you view things.”
Our best wishes go out to Regina and Alexis for a full recovery.