Just days after his surgery, in which doctors placed Abby's kidney into his body, Cojo recovered so well that he was released from the hospital.
He wore a mask because he was very susceptible to infections and germs. Cojo's doctors prescribed a strict regimen of medicines. Many were anti-rejection pills, while others were antibacterial. There were also pills to regulate calcium levels and blood pressure. "This new kidney, even though it is the ultimate gift of life, is a shock to my system and we are trying to make it cohabitate with my system," Cojo said. So even the smallest victories were cause for celebration. "It's a big deal that Leonardo DiCaprio won a Golden Globe. The fact that I passed gas made five nurses applaud with joy," Cojo joked.