By writer to gooddaysacramento.cbslocal.com
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It’s been a protracted journey for 45-year-old former firefighter Scott Schneider. At age three he knew he needed to be a firefighter, however he was identified with kidney illness as a baby.
“So I had numerous firefighters inform me I used to be by no means going to be a firefighter,” Schneider mentioned. “My mother and father informed me I used to be by no means going to be a firefighter so I simply needed it extra. So proper after my transplant the very first thing I did was get in form and prepare for the hearth academy.”
In opposition to all odds, he grew to become a Sacramento firefighter, however after 18 years he had to surrender his dream job immediately 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 informed he had a 1 in 30,000 likelihood 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 shocked 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 reside donors stepping as much as the plate doesn’t at all times occur.
“Basically, at UCSF we’re doing a kidney transplant day-after-day,” Inventory mentioned. “And each individual has a narrative similar to Scott’s and sadly not all people makes it to transplant.”
“I believe there’s no higher hyperlink to essentially saving someone’s life than donating an organ,” Scott mentioned. “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 means to do a whole lot of issues.”
Scott was fortunate, however even in case you’re not a match for a beloved one, there’s the paired trade program, the place every donor provides a kidney to the opposite individual’s beloved one.
As for Scott, he’s nonetheless residing out his firefighting goals, now educating aspiring younger firefighters at a neighborhood highschool.