LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A Los Angeles County probation officer saved his own mother and a stranger through a kidney transplant chain.
Michael Valdez, 37, and Danielle Jones, a Las Vegas teacher, met for the first time Tuesday at the UCLA Medical Plaza. Valdez wanted to donate a kidney to his mother, Nora Cruz, but the two were not a match, so he agreed to take part in a kidney transplant chain.
After Cruz received a kidney from someone else, he donated one of his to Jones, who did not have a donor of her own.
The two share a rare blood type. Jones had been undergoing dialysis for 11 hours a day.
"It's been very rewarding all the way around. It's just a good feeling on the inside to know that you have helped someone else much less a whole chain of people, taking people off the transplant list and just countless lives affected in a positive way," said Valdez.
There were a total of three donors in the chain, with three patients receiving healthy new kidneys. The chain began with an altruistic donor in Denver.
LA County probation officer's kidney transplant saves mom, stranger
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