Two families become one after officer donates kidney to save a life


NEWARK, Calif. (KTVU) - Two Bay Area families celebrated a milestone Thursday night at Campanella Restaurant in Newark. Together, they are joined by the gift of life.

The mood was joyful and they expressed gratitude for a law-enforcement officer who donated his kidney to save the life of a young man a year ago today.

20-year-old Garrett Ramos is now able to play basketball; something he couldn't do for five years.

"I always feel happy and excited because I'm living a normal life," said Garrett.

Life wasn't normal after Garrett was diagnosed with IGA Nephropathy, an immune disorder which can lead to kidney failure, when he was a 14-year-old high-school freshman.

"Throughout high school, it got worse and worse. By my senior year, I was in full kidney failure," Garrett.

He needed a kidney transplant and his father was going to be the donor, but medical issues disqualified him. Continue reading

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