Over 100,000 people in the United States are waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant. But one Chandler Police officer who needed a kidney didn't have to wait -- or even ask.
Growing up as kids Mike and Tyler Britt shared a bedroom. They are very close.
"I look up to my brother and not because he's taller than me," says Tyler Britt.
Now they are closer than ever. Little brother Mike gave his brother Tyler one of his kidneys.
"I was going down pretty quick."
Kidney disease runs in the family. Their mother died from complications of the disease. When Mike heard about Tyler, he was ready.
"Knowing it was my brother it was an easy call," says Mike Britt.
Tyler didn't even have to ask. Mike offered to give up one of his kidneys.
"I'm married and I have some kids. How will it impact my wife and kids? But the surgery is safe," says Mike.
An easy call, but not that easy. There was some pain and a lot of downtime for both men. But there are no regrets.
Mike works for Maricopa County and Tyler is a Chandler Police Officer.
Tyler thinks of his younger brother as a hero for giving the gift of life. His brother says he just did the right thing.
"I'm no different from anyone else," says Mike.
Both men will be back to work soon, healthy and happy. They hope more people will hear their story and think about donating organs.
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