Detroit senator recovering from kidney transplant

The Detroit News

Senate Minority Floor Leader Morris Hood III is recovering after complications from a Wednesday kidney transplant operation, officials announced Friday.

The Detroit Democrat learned Tuesday he was selected as a potential donor recipient and underwent surgery the next day, according to a statement from his representative.

“Many people wait a lifetime to be matched with a donor,” Hood said. “Within a matter of hours, I went from being alerted that organs might be made available, to now being on the road to recovery following the operation.”

Hood was elected to the state Senate’s 3rd District seat in 2010 and serves residents of northwest Detroit, Melvindale and Dearborn.

He faced surgery at the start of the Michigan Legislature’s lame-duck session, when they debate controversial issues such as a measure to close the state’s teacher pension system to new hires and instead offer them 401(k)-style retirement plans. The procedure left him unable to attend a Senate session on Wednesday and Thursday.

“As someone elected to represent the residents of the 3rd Senate District, I realize that the timing of my operation was less than ideal,” Hood said. “Believe me, the decision was not an easy one to make. Our teachers’ pensions — that they have worked hard for and deserve — are in jeopardy, and we must continue to do everything we can to help protect them.”