After protecting and serving as a Missouri police officer, Ryan Armistead found himself in trouble. And while he’d survived every criminal and danger that he’d encountered thus far, the greatest threat came from within. A rare auto-immune disorder had caused irreversible damage to his kidneys, you see – but then a stranger appeared and offered him a new lease of life.
Before Armistead fell ill, he had led a busy life. Not only was he a full-time machine shop worker, but he also worked part-time as a Missouri police officer. And on top of that, he has a son called Gregory with his wife, Jessica. But Armistead’s life changed dramatically in 2015 following his diagnosis, which saw him on dialysis six months later and on a waiting list for a new kidney, too.
It’s worth noting, meanwhile, that medical science has made huge advances since the world’s first successful organ transplant. Back in 1954 Richard Herrick’s life was ebbing away in Boston’s Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, and he was in dire need of a kidney. Luckily, though, his identical twin, Ronald, gave him his and became the first ever organ donor by doing so – a move that saved his sibling’s life.