|Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson, seen here on Nov. 11, 2016. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)|
While the response does not necessarily mean Johnson will receive a kidney — finding a match is incredibly challenging — transplant advocates said the attention paid to his condition could help others even if it doesn't immediately help Johnson.
"Many, many more patients are in the same situation as the superintendent," said Dr. Paul Crawford, Johnson's nephrologist, or kidney specialist. "They're waiting for organs and for the public to step up to the plate and be a donor. You have to go through a screening test, but a lot of people are responding and calling and willing to donate, so that's been a very positive outcome of the announcement of the status of his kidney."
Glomerulonephritis is an inflammation of the kidneys. When it occurs, the kidneys stop properly filtering blood and eliminating waste through urine. They begin to scar and shut down, eventually failing and resulting in potentially life-threatening complications. Continue reading