Why La. Officer Gave a Fellow Deputy His Kidney After Deadly Shooting: We’re ‘Almost Like Brothers’

PEOPLE | Johnny Dodd
From left: Jason Triche and Robert Ardeneaux before their transplant surgery in July 2016.COURTESY ARDENEAUX FAMILY
Louisiana Officer Gives Fellow Deputy His Kidney

Jason Triche got a kidney from a fellow Louisiana sheriff's deputy named Robert Ardeneaux

Jason Triche still remembers the moment the bullet tore into his back.

“It was another typical day, and we were out on patrol when we got the call,” recalls Triche, a sheriff’s deputy in St. John Parish, Louisiana, of the morning in August 2012 when he and several other officers showed up at a trailer park and were ambushed by a man with an assault rifle.

“It hit me like a truck,” Triche says.

The 35-year-old married father of a young son dragged himself to his patrol car and drove to the hospital, where doctors doubted he would survive. When he awoke from a month-long coma, Triche was devastated to learn that two of his fellow deputies had been killed in the attack.

Doctors also told him that he needed a new kidney.

Over the next four years, Triche endured 29 surgeries to repair the damage done by the gunfire and the infections that ravaged his body. Three days a week he underwent dialysis that “left him nauseated, run down and with no energy” to do much of anything other than sit inside his house. Continue reading
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