Waveland mayor to have kidney transplant in January

Outgoing Waveland mayor Mike Smith received an early Christmas present today.
His doctors have scheduled him for a kidney transplant on January 9, 2023.
Smith, who served two terms as Waveland mayor, announced he would not seek a third term for health reasons. Jay Trapani was elected and will be sworn in next month.
Smith was diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney failure and needed a new kidney. His wife of 43 years, Melanie, went through the process to see if she could be a donor and the couple learned she is a match.
Smith said they will go through pre-op tests on December 28, and the surgery, which will be done at Ochsner in New Orleans, will be January 9.
He posted on his Facebook page today about the surgery date.
“Just received great news. The transplant is scheduled for January 9th. Praise God! My amazing wife Melanie is my donor. Thank God for her!”
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