Supt. Johnson Receives Numerous Offers For Kidney Donation


Mayor Rahm Emanuel helps Police Supt. Eddie Johnson to a seat after the superintendent appeared to nearly faint at a news conference. (Credit: CBS)
CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson could be receiving a kidney sooner than he thought.

After falling ill at a press conference on Friday from taking blood-pressure medicine on an empty stomach, Supt. Johnson announced an unrelated issue after a misconception – he lives with a kidney disease and is currently on a waiting list for a kidney transplant at Rush University Medical Center.

To his surprise, Johnson may be receiving the kidney he needs thanks to support from the community. WBBM’s Mike Krauser reports.

Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson attended late Saturday morning at Chicago Police Academy’s final open house event. Johnson spoke about his condition and the support and numerous offers of kidney donation he has received since announcing his condition.

“I can’t express enough how amazing it is, and how humbling of a feeling it is, to have so many people reach out to me personally and call headquarters,” Johnson said. “I was stunned.” Continue reading