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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s been a protracted journey for 45-year-old former firefighter Scott Schneider. At age three he knew he wished to be a firefighter, however he was identified with kidney illness as a toddler.
“So I had various firefighters inform me I used to be by no means going to be a firefighter,” Schneider stated. “My dad and mom advised me I used to be by no means going to be a firefighter so I simply wished it extra. So proper after my transplant the very first thing I did was get in form and prepare for the fireplace academy.”
In opposition to all odds, he grew to become a Sacramento firefighter, however after 18 years he had to surrender his dream job out of the blue as he was hit with a number of well being issues without delay, together with mouth most cancers, 9 months of paralysis from Guillain-Barre syndrome and kidney failure.
He was advised he had a 1 in 30,000 probability he’d discover a kidney donor till his family members stepped as much as assist. His dad donated a kidney for his first transplant and simply this previous February, his aunt donated for his second transplant.
CBS13 stunned Scott with a well-known face.
Dr. Peter Inventory, of UC San Francisco, carried out Scott’s first kidney transplant, and 20 years later, he carried out the second. We reconnected the 2 on Zoom.
Dr. Inventory is aware of Scott’s story is exclusive. Two stay donors stepping as much as the plate doesn’t all the time occur.
“Primarily, at UCSF we’re doing a kidney transplant every single day,” Inventory stated. “And each particular person has a narrative similar to Scott’s and sadly not all people makes it to transplant.”
“I feel there’s no higher hyperlink to actually saving anyone’s life than donating an organ,” Scott stated. “I used to be depressing on dialysis. Dialysis isn’t any enjoyable. It retains you alive however it takes a toll on you. It limits your capability to do numerous issues.”
Scott was fortunate, however even when you’re not a match for a liked one, there’s the paired trade program, the place every donor offers a kidney to the opposite particular person’s liked one.
As for Scott, he’s nonetheless residing out his firefighting goals, now instructing aspiring younger firefighters at a neighborhood highschool.