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9-Year-Old Double Amputee, Kidney Recipient Competes With Team Philly At Transplant Games

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(credit: Jim Melwert/KYW)

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By Jim Melwert

HOUSTON, Texas, (CBS) — Track and field took center stage at the Transplant Games of America in Houston, Texas.

KYW’s Jim Melwert is at the games competing as a living kidney donor, and also reporting on the action.

Hardly a dry eye in the place after double amputee and kidney recipient nine-year-old Malachi Stone from Team Philly ran across the finish line on prosthetics.

Mom Shante Young says her son loved the crowd’s attention.

“He’s all smiles right now,” she said. “He smiled the whole way through the race. And for him to be out in this kind of heat, and being a recipient of a kidney, and see him smiling all the way through, it just heals, it just heals the heart.”

Malachi got a kidney when he was five, he lost his legs below the knees and one of his hands, but that’s not keeping him out of the games here.

(Melwert:) “What other events have you done today?”

“Softball throw and basketball tonight,” he said.

(Melwert:) “This is exciting isn’t it? Meeting all these people?”

“Yes,” he said.

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