Fellow Officer Gives Gift Of Life

The Hartford Courant

Donating a kidney is not particularly rare: About 6,000 Americans a year volunteer to give one of their kidneys to someone whose own organs have failed or are about to. Still, each donation is a testament to something more than kindness or friendship: It is the very essence of selflessness.

Such is the case with two Manchester policemen, one who gave and one who received a kidney in June.

Detective James Moore, on the force for 19 years, knew that due to polycystic kidney disease he needed a donor soon. Two fellow policemen, Lt. Jeff Lampson and Officer Adam Marois, offered to give a kidney to him — and although both men qualified, it was Mr. Marois, a five-year veteran, who was chosen.

After twin operations at Yale-New Haven Hospital, Mr. Moore and Mr. Marois are recovering well and will likely be back at work soon. With considerable understatement, Mr. Marois said the bond between them is now "a little more personal."

According to the United Network for Organ Sharing, about 50,000 Americans are actively awaiting a kidney transplant. Most of those will involve kidneys from deceased people who had signed up to be organ donors, but research has shown that kidneys from living donors offer a better long-term survival rate.

Those 18 or older may register to donate, or simply find the facts about kidney donation, at http://www.kidney.org (select "Organ Donation"). Donating is a serious choice that needs serious reflection, but as anyone on the Manchester police force can testify, it's a life-giving move.

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