- The Washington Times - Tuesday, March 4, 2014

A Minneapolis police officer had waited two years for a new kidney when a generous 20-year-old came forward to donate his own organ.

In January, Sebastian Rivera saw a Facebook posting detailing Carlos Baires Escobar’s plight and decided to donate one of his kidneys.

“Without any reservations, he just decided to help somebody who he didn’t know,” Mr. Baires Escobar, who has Lupus, told a local CBS News affiliate after six weeks back on the job.

“Slowly, my body has been adjusting to the new organ, and I’m feeling great,” he said.

Mr. Rivera said he’s still pleased with his decision.

“Helping someone out, just because … it should be a normal thing, you know,” he told CBS.

Mr. Rivera crashed his car right before his surgery, and now it appears that Mr. Baires Escobar is the one coming to his rescue.

Mr. Rivera has been out of work for recovery for weeks and can’t afford to fix his car, so his new kidney buddy decided to ask on Facebook for donations.

“I just want to give him something back for something I could never pay for,” Mr. Baires Escobar told CBS. “It feels good to help people. It feels good to say, ‘You know what: I’m going to help you.’”

Those who wish to donate can do so at any U.S. Bank branch under the Help a Hero fund.

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