Deputy placed on transplant list after kidney failure

Deputy placed on transplant list after kidney failure

LEE CO., GA (WALB) - Deputy Stewart Williamson patrols Lee County, helping keep the community safe.

But you would never know at first glance that he's suffering from stage four chronic kidney disease.

The 29-year-old is now on a transplant list.

"I was born with one kidney. That kidney, about four years ago, started failing on me due to high blood pressure that went unchecked," said Williamson.

To help with the cost of medicine that's associated with the surgery, Williamson's friends and family are holding fundraisers.

"I will not be able to work for about six weeks to maybe two months," said Williamson. "After the surgery, I won't be able to afford the medicine."

The Blonde Inc. salon started a GoFundMe page to help raise money online.

"I'm the type of person, I can't ask for you to help or help to spend, or help me with this, but for them to graciously out of the kindness of their hearts to donate to me, it's awesome," said Williamson.

For Williamson, it will take more than kidney disease to stop him from working.

"I'm not going to let anything stop me from doing this," said Williamson. "My father died in the line of duty. My mother has been doing this for 33 years. I'm not going to stop, whether it be a kidney issue or not. It slows you down a little bit, but you just keep your head up and you just keep working."

Even after a set back last month, when his doctor, Hasan Rizvi, was killed in a car crash.

"It has set me back because I really enjoyed Dr. Rizvi. He was the most kind and compassionate doctor I've ever had. He was great at what he did. He got me to a condition that I'm at now where I can work," said Williamson.

Regardless, he says he is grateful for the community support, and hopes his story raises awareness about kidney disease.

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