My Life Depends On It: Retired Sheriff’s Deputy Needs Kidney Donor To Save His Life

June 24, 2024

Rudy Brown always knew he wanted to help people, and he decided to pursue a career in law enforcement. And now he is humbly asking for help.

The retired Escambia County Sheriff’s Office deputy is pleading for a kidney — and there’s even a way for someone that isn’t a match to save his life.

Rudy joined the ECSO in December 1989 and spent 24 years on patrol in Escambia County. He retired due to his medical condition in 2013 and underwent a liver transplant in 2018.

“I pretty much bled out two times on the table,” he said. “It nearly killed me.”

The required anti-rejection medications caused his kidneys to fail just over year later. He’s in final stages of kidney failure and has been on the transplant list since October 2020, but so far, his number has not come up as he stays on dialysis.

A donor is the only option to keep him alive.

Rudy is hoping and praying for a kidney donation to save him. He is blood type 0, and anyone with the blood type can take a quick blood test locally to determine if they are a match.

A directed donation is when the donor names a specific person who will receive the kidney. It is the most common type of living donation. Directed donations are often between blood relatives, like parents, siblings, or children. They can also happen between people with close personal relationships, such as a spouse, friend, or coworker.

A non-directed donation is when a person donates anonymously to someone in need. They usually do not have any kind of relationship with the person who gets their donated kidney. It’s called a “good Samaritan” donation.

If someone turns out not to be a good match, another option is a “paired exchange.” A paired exchange involves two pairs of living donors and their recipients. The two recipients “swap” donors so that each receives a kidney from the other person’s donor.

“They can donate a kidney in my name, and it would me to the top of the list for a compatible donation,” he said. “They get to save two lives — the person that received their kidney and mind because I would receive one that works for me.”

Rudy is on the donor list through the Tampa General Hospital program, one of the top two programs in the nation. Call (813) 844-7137 or (800) 505-7769 and ask for the kidney donation program.

The entire process is at no cost to the donor or potential donor…it’s covered by Rudy’s insurance.

“I really, really need someone to help me. My life depends on it,” Rudy said.


9 Responses to “My Life Depends On It: Retired Sheriff’s Deputy Needs Kidney Donor To Save His Life”

  1. Rudy Brown on June 26th, 2024 2:05 am

  2. Reader on June 25th, 2024 9:37 pm

    “I am more than happy to be tested for Rudy. Would someone please tell me what I need to do.”

    There are phone numbers to call in the story

  3. Kathy Belanger on June 25th, 2024 8:29 pm

    I am more than happy to be tested for Rudy. Would someone please tell me what I need to do.

  4. tg on June 25th, 2024 10:02 am stepped up to the plate on this one…..Thanks William.

  5. Kayla campbell on June 25th, 2024 2:28 am

    I would love to help I’m from pensacola florida and have the upmost respect for those willing to serve their country and community’s. And I would be absolutely honored to help this man. I don’t know if I can help being A- but if you need absolutely anything email me

  6. J* on June 24th, 2024 3:15 pm

    Does the donor have to live in Tampa? I would be willing to see if I’m a match

  7. Don D on June 24th, 2024 2:20 pm

    What a humble man. Rudy has given his a l l to family, work, friends you name it. God Who he knows well is keeping him here for a reason.

  8. Charlotte Bates on June 24th, 2024 12:51 pm

    Since he is a type O, I’m not sure if he can take donations from people that are type A or B. Does it have to be someone with a type O? Praying for someone to help this incredible man that has served not only his country, but keeping his community safe.

  9. Bobby C on June 24th, 2024 4:11 am

    Rudy is a very good man. He served this county honorably and put his life on the line many times. His children are also heroes. I pray someone steps up.

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