Kidney transplant from deceased A&M cadet gives life, hope to friend

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by KBTX

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Posted on November 7, 2013 at 7:32 PM

TEMPLE, Texas -- Tragedy took 20-year-old Caleb Tate's life, but even in death, the Texas A&M University cadet was able change the life of another.

Tate died in a motorcycle accident in College Station in October. A few days later, the surgeons at Scott and White in Temple were able to successfully transplant his kidney. It was the 500th transplant for the program, which began in 1997.

The recipient, Johnny Ray Watson, is a longtime friend of the family.

"Every once in a while, I'll pat my side and say 'Hi Caleb'," said Watson.

Caleb grew up with Watson, and even called him uncle.

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