Steamboat Springs Mission of Grace Baptist Church Pastor Doug Zirkle is recovering after undergoing a successful kidney transplant surgery Wednesday.
“The surgery was successful, and Doug's new kidney is functioning well so far,” the church wrote on its Facebook page.
Zirkle received the kidney from Mike Markle, who is a member of the church in Hayden.
The operations took place at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Markle is expected to be released from the hospital Saturday or Sunday.
Zirkle and his wife, Lisa Zirkle, are expected to remain at the hospital for at least three weeks so doctors can closely monitor him and the antirejection medications he is taking.
Mission of Grace Baptist Church elder Kevin Kleckler said updates about the surgeries and how Zirkle is doing will be posted to the church’s Facebook page.
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