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TRANSPLANT PATIENT GETS PLENTY OF FAMILY SUPPORT

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A kidney transplant last week was a family affair for a Salt Lake computer expert.

Willard Warner's first transplanted kidney was donated by his sister, Ann Bradley, 13 years ago. When it failed recently, his brother, Homer, volunteered a kidney for transplant.The operation took place at University Hospital, where the Warners' father - Dr. Homer Warner Sr. - is a professor of medical infomatics. A pioneer in the field of medical infomatics, Dr. Warner helped develop LDS Hospital's acclaimed computer system.

Willard Warner said that many family members visited him at University Hospital. The family has been extremely supportive, he said.

He and his brother shared a hospital room before and immediately after the transplant. "The nurses kidded us," he said. In fact, he suspects it was they who put a sign on their door, "Warner Brothers."

He will be recovering at home for a couple of weeks before returning to his job installing and supporting computers for Associated Food Stores.

"I'm still a little weak," Warner said. "I got really, really sick before the transplant this time - let it go a little long, I think."

The operation went "fabulously," he added. "The last time I had the transplant, 13 years ago, I was in the hospital a month. This time it was six days. Not too bad."