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Story Updated: Mar 18, 2014

The dialysis center was a dream of Edward Ingersoll.

He wanted kidney patients who would normally have to travel for hours for each treatment to stay in Lewis County.

"I'd like to thank the people who made it possible," said Ingersoll.

Ingersoll joined DaVita Regional Manager Sue Jessen and others in cutting the ribbon to the eight-station dialysis center at Lewis County General Hospital.

County legislators, patients and hospital staff poured in to see the new facility. 

As of Wednesday, kidney-dialysis patients will get to stay in Lowville.

Each treatment lasts a few hours and patients have to make the trip up to four days every week.

"We have about roughly 20 patients who expressed interest in transferring to the dialysis facility," said Jessen.

Jim Freeman was born with one kidney and when that was hurt playing football, he got a transplant. 

Then he got a second transplant. 

Now, he is 66 years old and that second kidney is 101 years old.

"I'm all ready to go on dialysis again. I know my kidney hopefully is not going to outlive me," said Freeman.

He has already picked out his chair; he wants the one in the corner - so he can see everything for the hours he will spend on dialysis.

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