ORANGE (CBSLA.com) — As a surgeon, Dr. Colleen Coleman is in the business of saving lives.
Often the people she helps are strangers, but she recently had the opportunity to help someone close to her: a colleague at Hoag Hospital in Newport Beach.READ MORE: Federal Court Strikes Down Judge’s Order To Provide Housing To All Skid Row Homeless
When Coleman heard that Dr. Brian Dunn, an anesthesiologist with whom she shares an operating room twice a month, was in need of a kidney transplant, she looked for a way to help.
After finding she was a match with her colleague, Coleman traded her scrubs for a patient gown and donated her organ.
She said it was just part of the job.
“I truly believe if I as a surgeon and physician couldn’t do this, after having participated in transplantation as part of my training and experience as a surgeon, how could I ask other people to give themselves,” Coleman said.READ MORE: Smokey Southland Skies Caused By Wildfires Burning In Northern And Central California Spur Air Quality Concerns
The surgery was a success, and daily kidney dialysis is now just a memory for Dunn, who will be released from UC Irvine Medical Center Friday.
“I can’t tell you how much I appreciate that someone would make that sacrifice,” Dunn said. “It’s just amazing to me that someone would give something with no direct benefit, but that’s Colleen.”
Dunn, a self-described workaholic, said he’s eager to return to work and hopes to do so in about six weeks.
When that happens, the two physicians will share a bond that goes beyond being colleagues.MORE NEWS: Father Memorializes Son, Who Died In 2019 Conception Boat Fire, Along Last 500 Miles Of 2,600 Mile Hike
“I’ll make it a point to go into her operating room and see how she’s doing and I bet she’ll come into my operating room to see how her kidney is doing,” Dunn said. “We’ll try and see each other more.”