If the potential for living organ donation could be realized, it would save thousands of lives each year in the United States. In one poll, one in four people questioned said that they would be willing to donate a kidney to save the life of a stranger.
But in 2015, only 6,000 living people actually donated organs across the country, leaving more than 121,000 people remaining on waiting lists for a transplant. The vast majority need kidneys or livers. Most wait years for an organ; thousands die before one arrives.
On Friday, hundreds of City of Hope transplant recipients met the people who saved their lives.
One of those transplant recipients was the 10-time Emmy award winner, Steven Bochco.
Bocho created, wrote and/or produced hit TV shows Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue and Doogie Howser M.D.
But he recently faced a real-life drama of his own: a rare form of Leukemia.
“He was quite ill when he was diagnosed…The odds of him surviving without a transplant were probably close to zero,” said Doctor Stephen Forman.
In real life, it wasn’t a young doctor who saved Bochco’s life — it was a young donor.