Style maven and TV personality Steven Cojocaru has received a second donated kidney in a successful operation that took place yesterday, the Associated Press has reported.
Cojocaru, a correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and The Insider, has polycystic kidney disease, a hereditary disorder that slowly destroys the kidneys by replacing healthy tissue with cysts. He received his first kidney transplant from a friend in January, but the organ became infected and had to be removed in June.
Since Cojocaru's original kidneys were left in place after the first operation, he was able to survive until the second transplant. The new kidney was donated by Cojocaru's mother.
"I'm immensely grateful for the precious gift my mother has given me," Cojocaru said in a statement released by the two syndicated news shows. "Thank you to all for your prayers and good wishes--it gave me the strength to persevere and warmed my heart."
Janet Annino, coexecutive producer of both shows, said, "Both operations went smoothly, and the doctors are very pleased with their progress. We are thankful they're both doing well, and we look forward to seeing Cojo back on the red carpet soon."