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Man receives organ donation from unexpected work connection


Two Middle Tennessee families are forever connected in a way they never expected. It's a relationship that started at the office several years ago, but earlier this month a former boss and employee relationship became much more special.

The connection started when Darrell Knight supervised Rebecca Luster at the Davidson County Sheriff's Office and she heard of Knight's battle with kidney disease.

"He would have to go to dialysis from work, and we all knew he was sick," Luster said.

Four years ago, Knight was added to the kidney transplant list.

"The phone rings at midnight and you think that's someone calling," Knight.

That call finally came about two weeks ago.

"I was busting, trying to get out of here and go to work, and we see the call from the third shift supervisor," Knight said.

"I remembered how sick Darrell was, and I didn't know if he was on the transplant list. So I called and asked someone in booking," Luster said.

"He gave me the phone number of Rebecca," Knight said.

The two connected and spoke about her brother, Adam Luster. Days earlier, the 31-year-old man fell and hit his head in his home, which led to a massive blood clot in his brain.

A surgeon removed the clot, but Adam Luster never regained consciousness.

"Once we made it to the point that we had to make the decision, and our miracle was not going to happen, then my parents made the decision to donate. And I knew Darrell," Rebecca Luster said.

Within hours of Adam Luster passing away, doctors at the hospital performed a transplant surgery on Knight. But it wasn't a guarantee his body would accept the kidney.

"Once I woke up, everything was working perfect," Knight said.

It's a blessing for not just one, but two families.

"She said the greatest gift I could give them was to keep Adam's memory alive and take care of this kidney, which I promise I will," Knight said.

There are currently more than 100,000 people in the United States awaiting organ transplants.

In Tennessee, donors must sign up on the Donate Life Tennessee registry to ensure their donation wishes are honored. For more information, visit:

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