Peeples donates kidney to former teacher, Prescott

Seth Prescott counts Andrea Peeples as his new little sister.

While they are not related by blood, they now share a bond few people can ever know.

Prescott, the popular longtime agriculture teacher and FFA advisor at Pierce County High School, received a new kidney from Peeples, one of his former students.

“I can never put into words what she has done for me,” said Prescott. “We are forever thankful for her selfless act.”

Within a few hours of the transplant, Prescott said he was able to go and hug Peeples and thank her personally for her gift.

Prescott is recovering well from the surgery and Peeples is, too.

“I already feel so much better,” said Prescott.

Prescott, 30, underwent the kidney transplant with Peeples, 21, as the donor approximately three weeks ago at Emory Hospital in Atlanta.

Prescott has been suffering with Wegener’s disease for about two years. Wegener’s is a serious, long-term auto-immune condition characterized by inflammation of the blood vessels in the organs, most commonly the lungs and the kidneys.

The condition is also rare, with about three cases per 100,000 people in the United States.

The cause of Wegener’s disease is unknown, though genetics is believed to play a role. Symptoms are varied and generally depend on which organ where the blood vessels sustain the most damage. In Prescott’s case, the damage is in his kidneys.

A resident of Brantley County, Prescott has taught at PCHS for his entire 10-year career.

The FFA teams here have performed well under his leadership, regularly winning contests in regional competitions.

Prescott was just wrapping up FFA camp in June 2018, when he began feeling sharp pains. Otherwise healthy, he believed he might have a kidney stone.

“That’s how it started,” he said. “From there, I found out I was a very sick man.”

Prescott has been on dialysis and has had to make frequent trips to the hospital ever since.

An humble man, Prescott says he is overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support for him and for his wife, Brittany, and daughter, Ellery.

Co-workers, friends and family have been holding fundraisers for Prescott since his diagnosis to help prepare for and fund the transplant as well as pay current medical expenses.

From there, the need has been to identify a donor.

Brittany Prescott had been tested and was in preparation to be her husband’s donor, until receiving a phone call one day.

“Andrea told us not to worry about it that Seth would have a donor and it wouldn’t have to be me” she said. “She told us she would be the donor.”

Peeples was a closer genetic match meaning the possibility of Prescott’s body rejecting the kidney would be less.

From there, it was just a matter of getting ready for the transplant.

“We thank everyone for their prayers,” said Seth. “I firmly believe that is what made all of this go smoothly.”