Doctor-to-doctor donation: Kidney saves sick colleague
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.