Closings and delays

Mickey Hutchens’ daughter inspired to donate kidney to child

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On October 12, 2009, Winston-Salem Police Sgt. Mickey Hutchens died after he was shot responding to a domestic call.

That day, Hutchens' family made a decision that changed lives.

"We were able to donate my dad's organs. It's just something that's really special to us," said Leah Hutchens, daughter of Mickey Hutchens.

After that experience, Leah was donated to donate her left kidney to a boy she barely knows.

Marshall Baker, 12, needs dialysis every day to stay alive. Because of a genetic disorder, his kidneys do not work.

"My dad would have given his kidney to Marshall," said Leah.

However, Marshall's parents can't give him a kidney. His mother already donated one to Marshall's sister who has the same genetic disease. His father is not a match.

When Leah heard about Marshall's illness, she started doing some research. After some testing, doctors told her she would be a great fit.

"You can't make this up. You can't write this out. This is God's plan. This is him doing what he does here," said David Baker, Marshall's father and also an officer with the Winston-Salem Police Department. "Mickey's family is going to touch my family in a permanent way."

Dr. Carl Westcott used lathroscopic surgery to remove Leah's kidney. The entire transplant was completed in less than six hours.

Many have asked why Leah felt she needed to help Marshall.

"There's a song by Josh Wilson that says 'I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else - to do what God has called me to do myself."

For more information on organ donation: kidney.org and donatelifenc.org