Warner Robins police officer needs kidney transplant

Warner Robins officer needs public's help

After serving the Warner Robins community at Robins Air Force Base, the Police Department, and local schools, one police officer now needs the public's help.

Sergeant Porter Wood has worked with the Warner Robins Police Department for 26 years.

21 of those have been spent in the schools, including Northside where he works now.

Before that, he served in the Air Force and was stationed at Robins.

But now after a life of public service, Wood needs a kidney.

“I'd like to have a living donor so I can be around a little longer with my family and with my kids of course and hopefully see grandkids one day,” Wood said.

About 5 years ago, Wood found out he had iGa nephropathy in both kidneys and needs a transplant.

So now, he's looking for a living donor. But, he says his search is not just for him.

“If I don't get a donor, if I don't find a match or something of that nature, if this will help someone else get their donor that's what it's for. You know cause it's not just about me, it's about other people out there needing donations,” Wood said in his office.

Wood said he's met other patients who have been on the transplant list and dialysis for years. Wood was put on the transplant list in March of 2017. But, he said doctors have told him the wait could last years and there’s no guarantee.

He's urging people to find out if they're eligible donors because while they might not save him they could save someone else.

“Living donor, somebody that's willing and able to, really is a hero and could help me and help other people,” Wood said.

Wood told WMAZ he knows God has a plan for him, he just hopes his story helps someone else.

Piedmont Transplant Center in Atlanta told Wood one person has already started the testing process to see if they're an eligible donor. Doctors have told Wood his kidneys are operating at just 15-percent.

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