Chicago police chief's son to donate
kidney to father: media
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[August 31, 2017]
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The 25-year-old
son of Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson donated one of his
kidneys to his father in a life-saving transplant surgery on Wednesday,
local media reported.
Daniel Johnson agreed to be his 57-year-old father's donor when he
learned his own kidney was a match, the Chicago Tribune said. The
simultaneous surgeries took place at Rush University Medical Center in
Chicago, according to the media reports.
"I just feel like no one's going to take care of my parents the way I
would," the younger Johnson told the Tribune. "So if you want something
done right, you do it yourself."
The operation to transplant a kidney into the elder Johnson was a
success and he is conscious and comfortable, Rush University Medical
Center said in a statement.
The hospital's statement did not identify the kidney donor. "Everything
went smoothly and as expected for both donor and recipient," it added.
After nearly fainting in January, the police superintendent said he
suffered from a chronic kidney ailment that requires a transplant. He
expected to return to work following the surgery.
He told reporters at the time that the light-headedness he felt during
an earlier news conference was the result of taking blood pressure
medication on an empty stomach.
Video of the incident showed that Johnson, standing alongside Mayor Rahm
Emanuel, begin to stagger as Emanuel asked if he was OK. The news
conference ended abruptly and Johnson was helped to a chair.
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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson speaks during a news
conference announcing the department's plan to hire nearly 1,000 new
police officers in Chicago, Illinois,
U.S., September 21, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young
Johnson later told media his dizziness was unrelated to
glomerulonephritis, a kidney disorder he said was first diagnosed 32
years ago when he underwent medical tests as a police recruit.
Johnson said he had managed the disease without medication and
without it affecting his ability to lead a normal life, but he had
reached the point where a kidney transplant was necessary.
(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; Additional reporting by
Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles,; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and
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