Virginia school gives custodian warm welcome back after surgery

Tyrees Dandridge, who's worked at the school for nearly 20 years and is known as "Mr. D," received a new heart and new kidney.
1:34 | 03/02/19

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Finally tonight, America strong. Mr. D. Back at work after receiving not one, but two organ transplants and the whole school there to greet him. Reporter: When the doors of pole green elementary opened and 59-year-old tyrees Dandridge saw all this commotion, all this joy, he realized just how lucky he was. Tyrees wasn't being dramatic. Just a few months earlier he was in a bad spot, in need of an organ transplant. But not just one -- two. A new heart and new kidney. He waited and prayed and somehow got both. A double transplant. I thank him for looking at me 'cause a lot of people are still waiting on kidneys and hearts. Reporter: The students at pole green are thankful too. For nearly 20 years trees, known as Mr. D., has worked as a custodian in the Richmond, Virginia, school. On Monday he returned, the school's 600 students, teachers, and staff all there for the warm and very loud welcome back. Hallways decorated with hearts, each one painted by a student. Mr. D giving out hugs and high fives. Amidst all the celebration, it has noen lost on Mr. D just how blessed he truly is. Thank god for giving me a second chance. Thank god for looking at me. Tonight we thank Mr. D. And pole green elementary for sharing that story. We thank you for watching on a

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