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Detroit Regional Chamber CEO kidney transplant a 'success'

Breana Noble
The Detroit News
Sandy Baruah.

The CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber is out of surgery after undergoing a "successful" kidney transplant Friday morning, the chamber said.

Sandy Baruah, who also is the organization's president, had the transplant at the University of Toledo Medical Center. He is expected to be absent for three to five weeks to recover. It was not immediately clear why Baruah needed the transplant.

"The procedure is complete and medical staff report it was a success," Tammy Carnrike, chief operating officer, said in a statement. "Sandy is now recovering with his family by his side."

The chamber's leadership was aware of the procedure, Carnrike said in an earlier statement.

"Board leadership and senior staff have prepared for Sandy’s temporary absence from the office and operations will continue as normal," she said.

Kidneys are one of the most common organ transplants, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A transplant may be needed as a result of kidney failure, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

The University of Toledo Medical Center has performed more than 2,000 kidney transplant since its first in 1972, according to its website.

"Please keep Sandy and his family in your thoughts and prayers," Carnrike said. "We wish him a speedy recovery.”