Skip to comments.Cop Donates Life-Saving Kidney to Dispatcher
Posted on 08/03/2014 10:19:05 AM PDT by nickcarraway
The two are helping encourage others to do the same during Minority Donor Awareness Week
Jeff Monis and Ivan Sablan turned out to be the perfect match.
Monis is a San Diego Police dispatcher, Sablan is a San Diego Police officer, and both have an O-Positive blood type.
So when Monis found out he needed a new kidney, Sablan stepped up.
We worked together, but we didnt even know each other, and he expressed that he wanted to offer me his kidney, said Monis.
Once the two found out they were a perfect blood match, they set a surgery date. Theres so much we have in common. Jeffs Filipino; Im Guamanian, Hawaiian , Japanese and Filipino. Its amazing, said Sablan.
As of Saturday, Monis had been living about seven weeks with Sablans kidney -- which explains why the two have become as close as family.
Hes been over to our house many times, said Monis. Hes been at parties with my family, and hell continue to be a part of my family from now on.
The unlikely duo came together again Saturday to help encourage others to donate organs.
To kick off Minority Donor Awareness Week, local officials joined the John Brockington Foundation and organ donor-recipient pairs to ring Transplant Bells as a celebration of life.
Those ceremonial bells were then given to transplant centers at Rady Childrens Hospital, Scripps Green, Sharp Memorial Hospital and UC San Diego Health System. Former patients took the podium at the county administration building to complete the sentence: I celebrate being able to
Among the answers: be here for my family and my brother who gave me a gift I cant repay and
skip 12 hours of dialysis each week and to spend that time with my family. Donor pairs like Monis and Sablan shared their stories so others could follow their lead.
Youre not impacting just one persons life, said Sablan. Youre impacting a family. You now take a person off the recipient list, and everybody moves up the list. Its all worth it.
In the U.S., 123,000 people 69,000 of whom are minorities are desperately waiting for an organ donor, according to the Gift of Life donor program. In California, about 81 percent of the 21,000 patients on donor lists are minorities.
Minorities tend to need more organ donations because they have higher rates of hypertension and diabetes. Some ethnicities also face cultural objections to organ donations, officials with the Brockington Foundation say.
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patrol patrolling in their riverboats all night and all morning..."
Definitely not a JBT ping
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