In April 2018, Billy Gillispie received a new kidney from Ericka Downey, the wife of one of his old friends in the coaching business. Today, Downey took to Twitter to share an update, writing that almost 15 months after the transplant, “everything is perfect” and the former Kentucky coach is doing well:
Quick update on those who have followed the kidney transplant story….
Coach Gillispie went through medical testing last week and everything is perfect. Still no signs of rejection, kidney function is better than most with 2 and no signs of disease. God is so good. ????
— Ericka Downey (@D2Diva) July 10, 2019
The story of how Downey saved Gillispie’s life is pretty incredible, and if you’re not familiar, I suggest catching up via the Dallas Morning News. Things obviously didn’t go well for him in Lexington, but I’m glad he’s been given a new lease on life.