02/23/2011 12:58 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Tom Walter, Coach Who Donated Kidney To Kevin Jordan, Gets Hero's Welcome Back On The Field

Two weeks ago, Wake Forest baseball coach Tom Walter went under the knife to save the life of a young player suffering from an autoimmune disorder.

Walter donated his kidney to help outfielder Kevin Jordan recover.

The story of Walter's donation made national news, inspiring a flurry of phone calls to the National Kidney Foundation, WFMY News reports, as others were wondering how they too could make a difference.

While Jordan has a much longer recovery process ahead, Walter has returned to coaching. The coach was cheered by fans, who celebrated him as a local hero for his live-saving gift.