dt.common.streams.StreamServer.clsDOVER — A senior at Delaware State University took holiday giving to a whole new level over the winter break.
Sadat Burton, a criminal justice major, donated his left kidney to his uncle on Dec. 19.

“He’s had (kidney disease) since he was 14 and received a transplant in 1998 from my mom, and at a family gathering about a year ago he said he would be needing a new one soon,” Mr. Burton said.

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Mr. Burton’s uncle, Eric Greene of Wilmington, was given a kidney at age 30 by his sister — Mr. Burton’s mother, Vanessa Greene — who was 34 at the time.

Kidney disease is a condition that reduces the functionality of the kidneys over an extended period of time and often results in total renal failure.

There are no long-term treatment options that have been shown to slow the progression of the disease — aside from a transplant.

“If no one in my family would have been able to donate a kidney, I would have had to go on a transplant list and stayed on dialysis until I was able to get a new one,” Mr. Greene said.