Miracle match: ECSO deputy finds kidney donor

Miracle match: ECSO deputy finds kidney donor

EFFINGHAM CO., GA (WTOC) - An Effingham County Sheriff's Deputy who is in Stage 5 Renal Failure and searching for a kidney donor has found his match!

We introduced you to Deputy Ivey Williamson in February when he launched a full-out social media campaign to find a kidney donor. His cousin, who is also in law enforcement on the other side of Georgia, had kidney failure as well and found his match through Facebook. Ivey decided to follow suit, and now, the good news coming in just this week, a donor, a complete stranger, has come forward and tested at Emory University Hospital, and now they will go through with the transplant.

Williamson's end-stage renal disease came from undiagnosed high blood pressure — which is a fate he would not want anyone else to suffer from. “Get your blood pressure checked,” he said.

Williamson has a 20-year career in law enforcement, moved toward that career choice by the example of two uncles who were deputy sheriffs —one who was killed in the line-of-duty and another who is still working in Decatur County. In 1994, he went to work with the Georgia State Patrol as a license examiner and radio operator. He became a trooper cadet upon entering trooper school in 1997. He still travels with family and gets out in the yard.

While he can't push himself as hard as he used to, he still maintains a good quality of life.

Williamson's campaign can be followed at


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