Sister before self

In December 2012, Tech. Sgt. Simon Garcia, 1st Communications Maintenance Squadron project manager, entered the operating room for an elective procedure, kidney transplant, to save his sister's life. The surgery took place as scheduled with Evelyn Garcia’s body accepting her little brother’s kidney as its own. Recently, both brother and sister have returned to work and are thankful to have overcome the challenges faced by surgery. According to the office of the Air Force Surgeon General, there are approximately 10 organ donation requests per year, which are approved through the Air Force Medical Operations Agency. However, approval to undergo the procedure does not excuse Airmen from potential risks to their health or career. (U.S. Air Force graphic / Hans Roth)

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