Two judges, friends, bonded by gift of life

Registered nurse Joan Zittnan talks with Derek Mosley and his wife, Kelly Cochrane (rear), before Mosley's surgery at Froedtert Hospital.(Photo: Mark Hoffman/Milwaukee Journal Sentinel)

City and suburb. Black and white. A 45-year-old man built like an offensive lineman and a 58-year-old woman who is lean like a dancer.

Best friends.

These are the two judges who meet on a Tuesday morning in a courtroom in Milwaukee. They don their robes. They pose for photos. And embrace.

In September 2014, Municipal Court Judge Derek Mosley of Milwaukee was diagnosed with end-stage renal disease. His kidneys were failing. Every night since, he has connected himself to a dialysis machine for 10 hours, the cleansing fluid removing waste products from his kidneys, sustaining him yet stealing away precious time.

And, yet, there is hope. Surgery is scheduled for Wednesday. Mosley will receive a kidney from Municipal Court Judge JoAnn Eiring of the Town of Brookfield. Continue reading
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