A police sergeant in Nashville, Tenn. area is getting a belated Christmas present from a co-worker–but it’s one he sorely needed, and one he, and his family, will definitely never forget.
La Vergne Police Sgt. Burrel “Chip” Davis, 40, received a new kidney from his co-worker, Officer Eric Crowder, 32, in surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center Tuesday morning.
“He just kept telling me, ‘You don’t have to do this if you don’t want to.’ I was like, ‘Well, there’s no backing out now,’” Officer Crowder told KLFY News 10.
Davis found out in March 2014 that his kidneys were beginning to fail, but as we all know, transplant waiting lists can be as many as three to five years long. Davis’ rapid rate of kidney failure may have made it too late.
Shortly after Davis learned his kidneys were failing, Crowder decided to get himself tested. He was ecstatic when he found out he was a perfect match and could help his colleague and friend. He didn’t hesitate for a second to offer to donate his kidney.
“My wife and I, we sat down and had a serious conversation in regards to that,” said Davis. “And she decided that she wanted to reach out to friends and family to see if someone would step up and donate a kidney.”
“Next thing I know, I started getting phone calls saying ‘Hey, you want to go to the next step?’ OK, we went on to the next step and here we are today. I was a match, and tomorrow is the big day,” Crowder said.
“I’m glad I was blessed to be a blessing to him,” Officer Crowder told News 2.
Shortly after, the La Verge Fire Department said on Facebook, “Both of the City of La Vergne Police Officers, Chip and Eric are out of surgery and in recovery and things look great!”
An hour later, they wrote, “They are both out of surgery and in recovery. Everything is fine so far, so hopefully they can bounce back and Sgt. Davis can carry on.”
Local TV news cameras captured both families saying a prayer before the surgery.
Crowder’s recovery time is about four to six weeks, and, thanks to a new program set up by the department, officers are donating their sick time to help him, since the department doesn’t cover it.
Not only are the two men friends, but their daughters are close as well, and Crowder said one of the reasons he didn’t hesitate to donate a kidney was because of the girls. He couldn’t imagine the two of them having to grow up without a father in their lives. When he learned he could make the difference in the family’s future, he stepped up to the plate.
“Words can’t express how thankful I am to him for stepping up,” said Sgt. Davis.
Family members prayed and hugged in the hospital before the transplant. The family has set up a Go Fund Me account to help the two men recover from the surgery.