Retired law enforcement officer receives organ donation from son-in-law | KTVE
MONROE, La: (KTVE/KARD) – April is recognized as National Gift of Life Month and members of the Monroe community held a visual prayer at the Monroe Civic Center for a retired parish deputy sheriff of Ouachita and a Grambling State graduate. Harry Brown will receive a second chance at life with a kidney transplant from his stepson Cesar Johnson.
“I had no idea CJ was going to donate a kidney to me until he came to tell me and I was really shocked because a lot of people these days don’t believe in being a donor,” Brown said.
In Louisiana, 2,000 people need life-saving organ transplants. The Louisiana Organ Procurement Agency says patients can wait up to three to five years on a list to find a donor.
For Harry Brown, finding a match came with a challenge with his B-negative blood type.
His stepson Monroe City Marshall Cesar Johnson decided he would step in after researching and getting tested so he could donate his kidney to his stepfather.
“I did some research and tried to figure out things like how can I support. It turned out that donating was the best way for me, it’s something I’m compelled to do because that it’s been years and hours in the past that he’s been there for me, so it was just my time to start stepping up,” Johnson says.
Harry Brown will begin the process once he has reached the required protein level before undergoing kidney transplant surgery.