Supt. Johnson Speaks Emotionally About Kidney Transplant


For the first time on Tuesday, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson spoke candidly about the moment he found out he had kidney disease.

In an emotional speech, Johnson said he first learned the news when he took the medical exam to become a Chicago police officer.

“Your physical exam came back, they noticed something wrong,” he said he was told. “Imagine being a healthy, athletic person your entire life and having to go to a nephrologist, a kidney specialist who performed a biopsy. Imagine being 25 years old and you’re laying in a hospital bed.”

It was then Johnson said he was told he’d need a new kidney in three or four years.

“This is not going to beat me,” he said. “I was told at 25 years old that I would probably need a new kidney in three or four years. Here we are 31 years later and I’m still putting along with these two puppies in me, right.” Continue reading