WEAU 13 News | Aaron Dimick
MENOMONIE, Wis. (WEAU) -- A local doctor is getting ready to take his seat on a float in the 2012 Rose Bowl parade.
On Sunday, WEAU 13 News caught up with the man who’s celebrating the gift of life through organ donation.
For Dr. Jim Haemmerle, donating an organ was all about timing.
“It just seemed like the right thing to do at the state of my life. I was aware of how many people need transplants,” Dr. Haemmerle said.
In February 2010 the orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic Health System in Menomonie went under the knife himself.
Dr. Haemmerle said his left kidney went to a father of four from Minnesota.
“I met him this past June and he and a couple members of his family and it kind of hit home. I thought 'Fine I'll do the donation and that will be it' but it really showed me the impact organ donation had,” Dr. Haemmerle said.