DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A Dallas police officer who has helped keep the community safe for a decade is now in need of the community’s help in the form of a new kidney.
Officer Bryson Brown, who patrols DPD’s southeastern division, learned his kidneys were failing after visiting an eye doctor. Blood work showed he needs a transplant.
“It bothers me but I mean, I’m not going to sit around and cry about it. I’m going to do what I have to do and hopefully I’ll get a kidney,” said Brown, whose mother, father and sister were all tested but aren’t a match.
Brown is now restricted to desk duty as he waits on the transplant list. The condition of his kidneys are only getting worse.
“It’s kind of nerve racking because you never know when or if you’re going to get the call,” said Brown.
Community members are now helping speed up the process by creating a website and Facebook page to help find Brown a match.
“There’s people that die every day waiting for an organ transplant,” said Tanya Ragan, a Dallas resident.
Ragan’s brother, an officer in Minnesota, went through the same ordeal. A year after a push on social media, the wait was up for a new kidney.
“People ask what can they do to for the men in blue, what can they do for our police officers. Here is an officer who risks his life every day to keep our communities safe,” said Ragan. “Let’s get him transplanted and let’s get him back on the street.”
Until a transplant comes through, Brown will keep staring at his uniform and wonder when he can get back to the citizens he proudly serves.
“Oh it’s motivation. But when the time is right, I’ll be back in it,” said Brown.
Anyone wanting to help Officer Brown or anyone needing a kidney can contact Baylor Medical Center’s Transplant Services at 214.820.GIFT.
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