Detroit Police officer provides life-sustaining gift to her younger sister
DETROIT (WXYZ) - An 11-year veteran of the Detroit Police Department will be off the job for the next several weeks.
Officer LaTonya Oliver is donating a kidney to her younger sister, who has been suffering from kidney failure. Doctors say Catrice Jackson has just five percent kidney function. Without a transplant she would need dialysis.
Tests determined Oliver was a match and she immediately made the decision to donate one of her kidneys.
"If it was a good friend I would still do it, that's just the kind of person I am," Oliver told Action News. "I know she would do it for me If I needed one. I know she wouldn't hesitate either."
Diabetes and high blood pressure are the major causes of chronic kidney disease, according to the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. It's a problem that affects 26 million Americans. Another 20 million are at risk. African Americans are at increased risk.
Oliver says she hopes others will also consider organ donation.
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