Florida firefighter donates kidney to help save stranger
Florida firefighter David Blair donated a kidney to Heidi Hughes. (Source: Help Heidi Find a Kidney / Facebook)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, December 5, 2018 11:14AM EST
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. -- A Florida firefighter has donated a kidney to help a stranger.
The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports doctors at Duke University Hospital in Durham, North Carolina, removed a kidney from 41-year-old Edgewater firefighter David Blair on Nov. 15 and prepped 33-year-old Heidi Hughes to receive it. The surgery went well. Blair is home and recovering.
Blair says faith led him to donate a kidney after he saw a social media post by Garry Hughes, seeking help for his daughter. Blair took a survey through the hospital's organ transplant website and then a series of follow-up tests.
Heidi Hughes, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, is thankful and says she intends to take good care of Blair's gift.
It's not her first kidney transplant. Her father donated a kidney to her 16 years ago.