Columbus City Council President Dascal Bunch and his son are doing well after a live-donor kidney transplant Thursday morning.
Dascal Bunch received a kidney from his 26-year-old son, Jordan Bunch as part of a six-hour-long surgery at Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.
Kylee Jones, Dascal Bunch’s daughter, said the surgery went smoothly and her 59-year-old father and younger brother both were recovering well.
Doctors told the family that the kidney from Jordan Bunch was a good, healthy kidney, she said.
“They described it as a beautiful kidney,” Jones said.
Now that the surgery is over, the family can focus on raising funds for the expensive anti-rejection medication that Dascal Bunch will need to take.
The family already has raised $3,662 through a fish-fry fundraiser and $1,050 through an online fundraising site
Dascal Bunch said before the surgery that he has known for about a year that a transplant was needed.
Diabetes, which he has had for about 20 years, already has taken the sight from his right eye. The disease also is known to attack the kidneys.
Dascal Bunch hadn’t told many people about his health problems, or how serious they had become, until recently.
However, his son Jordan began testing to become a kidney donor about six months ago, and the Bunch family has known about the father’s health issues throughout the entire process.
Jordan Bunch said it has been a while since his father has been fully healthy.
While Dascal Bunch’s kidneys were functioning, they were getting closer to failing with each passing day, he said.
The surgery originally was scheduled for the end of May but had to be rescheduled.
Dascal Bunch and his son went to the IU Medical Center on Tuesday to prep for the procedure.
That means Bunch missed the last city council meeting and the first round of budget hearings.
But he said he still plans to be back for the Columbus Parks and Recreation Board meeting next week.