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Jan Lambert of Willmar, left, shares a moment with her big brother, Jim Thompson of Lake Lillian. Lambert is donating a kidney to her brother in a surgery scheduled for Aug. 27. Fifteen years ago Thompson’s oldest sister, Jean Gladitsch of Vesta, donated a kidney to her brother. (Tribune photo by Carolyn Lange)

Two sisters give life to brother: Lake Lillian man to receive second kidney transplant


WILLMAR — When he was a kid, Jim Thompson sparred plenty with his two sisters. It was a typical brother-sister relationship.

But life-giving sacrifices have changed those relationships.

In 1998 Thompson's oldest sister gave him a kidney in a transplant operation that has kept him off dialysis for 15 years.

Now Thompson's youngest sister will give him one of her kidneys in an operation scheduled for Aug. 27 that could extend his health for another decade or two.

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Carolyn Lange
A reporter for more than 30 years, Carolyn Lange covers county government and regional news with the West Central Tribune.
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