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Soldier donates kidney to fellow medic: ‘If you want it, it’s yours’

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 18, 2014

One of the Seven Army Values is selfless service. A soldier from Pennsylvania took it to the next level by offering his kidney to a fellow medic.

Sgt. Joseph Love came to the aid of Sgt. Daniel "Pops" Famous when the Fort Indiantown Gap Army post soldier found out that Sgt. Famous's polycystic kidney disease had taken a turn for the worse.

"I got all my medics together at the end of one drill and told them that they need to pick up their game because I was not going to be deploying with them," Sgt. Love told a local station.

It was at that point that Sgt. Love began a monthslong series of tests to see if his kidneys were a match for his comrade.

"We all cared about Pops, about Sergeant Famous. He's someone we respect and admire very much," he told the station.

When Sgt. Love found out in August that he was a match, he broke the news to Sgt. Famous.

"I said, 'Oh by the way, for the last five months I've been going through this testing process and I'm a match for your kidney. So, if you want it, it's yours,' and he was at loss for words, which he never is," the local station reported.

Sgt. Famous is scheduled to undergo surgery before month is out.

"I was just thinking about how selfless and how wonderful of a gift this was for one person to give another person. He's basically given me the gift of life," he said.

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