Brother to donate kidney

By DARLENE PRINCE Staff Writer Published:

OAKWOOD It wasnt supposed to happen. There was only a 10 percent chance of a problem later on. Thats what Brian Ripke was told when he learned that he came down with post-streptococcal nephritis in high school. When I was a freshman in high school in September 1983, I had strep throat that went to my kidneys, the 35-year-old former mayor and present resident of Oakwood recalled. At first they thought I had food poisoning. I was in the hospital for 30 days. The doctors did a biopsy of my kidney and found out I had post-streptococcal nephritis, he said. But there was no damage to my kidneys and only a 10 percent chance of a problem later on.