ABC’s Jim Avila Returns Home to a ‘New Life’ After Kidney Transplant

By Alissa Krinsky 

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Veteran ABC News correspondent Jim Avila is now home recovering from kidney transplant surgery. His brother Jaie Avila, a San Antonio TV news reporter, was his donor.

On April 10, the night before undergoing the procedure at Los Angeles’s Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Avila told TVNewser that due to diabetes-related kidney failure, he was in a “big race” to find an organ donor. The only other option was to begin dialysis – “and that was a non-starter for me,” Avila said. It turns out Jaie was a match. “Jaie has given me an unbelievable gift,” Avila said.

Jim and Jaie left checked out of Cedars-Sinai last Tuesday. And last night, Jim tweeted his appreciation of his brother, and this video of them leaving the hospital: