A Police officer donates her kidney to save the life of her former beat partner who is now retired.
A retired US Montgomery County Police officer, Stanley Barsch is currently recovering after a successful kidney transplant. The donor for his kidney is his former partner on the force, Megan Ambrose, who tested to be a perfect match for a kidney donation. The donation, he says, saved his life. The two underwent surgery on Tuesday.
Stanley Barsch, who has polycystic kidney disease, a condition Barsch inherited from his mother had cysts which caused his kidneys to grow to 15 pounds apiece, reducing his kidney function so much that he needed the transplant. He says it was God’s work in finding his perfect match. He said;
“I came to a point where I needed help from my network to see if anyone was willing to donate,” Barsch said.
According to him, thirty-one people stepped up to get tested and see if they were matches, he said. And the first was his former partner on the force, retired Montgomery County police officer Megan Ambrose who he found out on Valentine’s day this year was his match.
The two went on with the procedure took place Tuesday, May 15th at Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, and was done by the same doctor who performed a transplant for Barsch’s mother many years ago.
“It’s God’s work, you know?” Stanley Barsch said, smiling, as he sat in a chair in his hospital room at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
“It’s just an amazing thing that someone so close to you is holding something that is going to give you life,” he said.
“It was just emotional,” Ambrose said. “It was just knowing that I was helping him was just I guess, my purpose.”
A purpose, that, for Barsch, means a second chance.
“I’m here to report to you that kidney function is normal,” the surgeon said to Barsch in his hospital room on Friday.
“The kids are going to see, like, this new Dad that they never met before,” said Barsch. “And I think it’s going to be the most amazing packaged deal for these guys.”
Years of friendship now secured with a bond that can’t be broken.
“I have a piece of her inside of me now,” Barsch said. “And she is stuck with me forever. And I think that was one of the last things that she said before she went into surgery—that you’re stuck with me forever.”