Arkansas fire chief gives kid­ney to teenager

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LIT­TLE ROCK — An Arkansas fire chief has do­nated a kid­ney to a teenager he didn’t know.

Maumelle Fire Chief Ger­ald Ezell tells KATV that the surgery took place Dec. 13, two days af­ter he met 18-year-old Sid­ney Bur­nett of Granby, Mis­souri.

Ezell said that he dis­cov­ered Bur­nett was in need when he saw a Face­book post from her mother, an old school friend. He re­al­ized they had the same blood type.

“I just felt like God was say­ing, ‘Hey, this is you,’” Ezell said. “Step across that line.”

The trans­plant was per­formed at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Min­nesota. Bur­nett is still in Min­nesota re­cov­er­ing from the surgery.

“I was just so shocked that my donor was some­one that had never even met me, but I’m so grate­ful for him,” she said. “He lit­er­ally gave me my life back.”

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