Woman Who Donates Kidney To Billy G. Posts “Thumbs-Up” After Surgery

Posted at 4:11 PM, Apr 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-24 16:11:38-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) – The woman who selflessly donated a kidney to former Kentucky Coach Billy Gillispie just tweeted a thumbs-up, indicating the transplant had gone well. 

Ericka Downey, who reached out to Gillispie earlier this year, underwent surgery Tuesday. 

"Out of surgery. Everything went great," she wrote.

Downey is also the wife of a basketball coach and found Gillipsie on Twitter. When reading about his kidney ailment, she reached out. They met for the first time in late March.