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Doctor-to-doctor donation: Kidney saves sick colleague

3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago February 26, 2017 Feb 26, 2017 Sunday, February 26 2017 February 26, 2017 3:57 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: The Orange County Register

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. - A California doctor has a colleague to thank for giving him the gift of life.

The Orange County Register reported Sunday that Dr. Brian Dunn got a kidney from Dr. Colleen Coleman.

The two have been friendly more than a decade while working together. Coleman is a surgeon and Dunn is an anesthesiologist at Hoag Hospital Newport Beach.

Dunn's kidneys failed from complications due to chemotherapy from a stomach tumor he had as a teen.

Coleman almost didn't end up as his donor when an erroneous test initially found she wasn't a match.

Coleman says she had reservations going under the knife, but she wanted to make sure Dunn's daughter didn't grow up fatherless.

Dunn gave Coleman a set of kidney-shaped Tiffany earrings to thank her for her sacrifice.

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