TSA staffer donates life-saving kidney to co-worker

The Tennesseean | Brad Schmitt
Alex Evans, 52, hugs TSA co-worker Rhonda Bowery, 61, at Nashville International Airport. Bowery donated one of her kidneys to Evans.(Photo: Mark Zaleski / For the Tennessean)

They were, at best, casual work buddies. But that didn’t stop Rhonda Bowery from donating one of her kidneys to save a colleague’s life.

“If you haven’t noticed, there are wings beneath that jacket, angel wings,” kidney recipient Alex Evans said.

“I consider her my angel, my hero.”

Before the transplant, Evans and Bowery didn’t consider each other much at all.

The two work in separate Transportation Security Administration departments at Nashville International Airport, so they only saw each other at occasional staff meetings.

Well, that, and Evans would stick his head into Bowery’s office each day.

“I walk in and say, ‘Hey, Rhonda, how’re ya doin’?’ And she goes, ‘Hey Alex,’ ” Evans said.

In the summer, Evans stopped coming to work, and after a week or so, Bowery started asking her boss about Evans.

The boss would always say something vague about medical issues, until, three weeks later, Bowery put her foot down and insisted on knowing when Evans was coming back to work. Continue reading

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