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Video: San Diego Police Officer Awaits New Kidney

May 31, 2016  | 

VIDEO: San Diego Police Officer Awaits New Kidney

Art Calvert is a former professional baseball player who has been a San Diego police officer for more than two decades. One of his kidneys shut down and he desperately needs a new one.

Every day he settles in a big chair in his den and hooks up to his dialysis machine. The device has been his lifeline since one of his kidneys shut down in 1993, shortly after he attended the police academy, reports KGTV.

His mother donated one of hers. Nearly 15 years later, he needed another one. This time, his sister stepped up. Six years later, his body annihilated that one, too.

The waiting list for a kidney donation is three to five years. Calvert is now on year two.

"I'm … I'm not losing faith, but it's just hard," he said.

He wants to be there for his two children. He's also looking forward to getting back to work as a San Diego police officer. He serves on Mayor Kevin Faulconer's personal security detail. It is the fourth San Diego mayor he has protected.

Calvert has one more mission: "I want awareness."

Calvert said, "I want a kidney, if not for me for other people so people can see what I'm going through and maybe someone will donate not just to me but maybe to other people."

If you would like to help Calvert, you can visit http://www.healingartcalvert.com.


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