Deputy in need of kidney finds donor

WTVM | Jaime Ertle

A completely selfless act is going to give a local sheriff's deputy a chance at a new life.

WTOC has been following Effingham County Sheriff's Deputy Ivey Williamson's search for a kidney donor.

A man from Pooler, Charlie Hanson, came forward and was a match.

"I was sitting on the sofa, watching TV, and it came on TV about a deputy, Ivey, needing a kidney," explained Charlie Hanson.

In that moment, Charlie Hanson knew he would be the one to give Deputy Ivey Williamson his new kidney. "All I could see was O Negative on TV, and that's what did it," said Hanson.

Charlie didn't even know his own blood type until he served in the Navy in Vietnam, and they explained his rare blood type very bluntly. "Son, I'm going to tell you right now, if anything ever happens to you and you'll need blood, and I can't use the word that they said, but you going to be out of luck."

But in this case, luck - named Charlie - was on Ivey's side; something this deputy says renews his faith in the public he serves. "With all the stuff I've seen in my 20 years of law enforcement, it's good to see someone come forward and do a good deed," said Deputy Ivey Williamson, who's receiving a kidney. Continue reading, GA News Weather _________________________________________________________

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