Illinois man gives lifesaving transplant to stranger

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Charles Flood (photo from Office Depot) Charles Flood (photo from Office Depot)

DEKALB COUNTY, GA. (WAND) – A central Illinois man gave life to another man who needed it.

DeKalb County police officer Charles Flood desperately needed a new kidney for over a year. He made his case on social media without much luck at first. As he started to worry about dealing with dialysis, an Office Depot employee from Georgia stepped in.

Patrick Dudra lost a friend to kidney failure two years ago. He spent months searching for a way to make a difference in someone’s else’s life. That’s when he found Flood’s online plea.

A hospital performed a successful transplant in March of 2017.

"For the first time in a long time, I have the brightest outlook on my future," said Flood. "Patrick not only gave me a new kidney, but a new life and the opportunity to be present for my family and continue to serve my community. I will forever be grateful for him."

Dudra has also recovered and returned to work. Office Depot praised his sacrifice, giving him the “Office Depot Hero Award”.

"Patrick demonstrated an extraordinary level of sacrifice, and I couldn't be more proud of his commitment and support to his local community," said Marc Ehle, senior vice president of North American retail for Office Depot, Inc.

Dudra says the “real hero” in this transplant is Flood, because he had to ask a stranger for help when he needed it most. 

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