Marine receives kidney from fellow Marine

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (CNN) -- After deploying to Iraq, a California Marine discovered his kidneys were failing and he was in dire need of a transplant. The family of a fallen marine saw the story on the internet and decided to help.

After Sgt. Jake Chadwick deployed to Iraq, he discovered his kidneys were failing, and making things worse, his blood type is O. Dr. Kristen McKeel is a transplant surgeon who says "It made it more difficult to match a kidney to him since he could only have another "O" donor." There was a match, but then the donor withdrew.

Chadwick says, "That was tough. I mean we had just gotten the news that we might have to start the search again."

The same time in Pensacola, Florida, another young Marine was going through flight training. At 24 years old, 2nd Lt. Patrick Wayland suffered a fatal heart attack. His wishes and that of his family, was that his organs be donated. Chadwick got teary eyed when he said, "This kidney won't go to waste. It's going to be used well."

Jake's wife, Victoris couldn't believe it either saying, "It's beyond awesome. It's one brother giving to another i can't explain it."

Friends of Lt. Wayland actually called the hospital to see how Jake was doing.

One day, he and Victoria would like to meet up with the Wayland family. Chadwick added, "I'm sure they would like to see who...maybe they can stay connected in some way through me."

Four others also received donated organs.

Jake Chadwick will probably be medically separated from the corps next month. Married three years, they are now expecting their second child in November.


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