Veteran Donates Kidney to Friend He Served With Almost Two Decades Ago: 'It's Just That Military Brotherhood'

CBS 8 | Maya Chung
An army veteran took the meaning of military brotherhood to heart when he gave his kidney to a friend that he served with more than two decades ago.

Kai Johns, 44, was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease in November after he experience flu-like symptoms.

“I went to urgent care and said I needed to get to the hospital as soon as possible. They immediately admitted me and told me I had six percent kidney function,” Johns told “My body was just filled with toxins.”

Johns started dialysis three times a week. Doctors initially thought his kidneys might recover, but that wasn’t the case.

He was stuck staring down a donor list that would take roughly seven years to top. O-positive kidneys, Johns’ blood type, are hard to come by, he was told.

“Dialysis is no way to live,” Johns said.

So his wife started a Facebook page in December, “A Kidney For Kai,” to begin the rigorous search for an organ for her husband. Continue reading

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