Fort Bliss spouse donates kidney
Fort Bliss — The spouse of a Fort Bliss Soldier – and an Army reservist herself – saved a life, and she traveled across the country to do it.
April Scott, the wife of Chief Warrant officer 2 Jeffery Scott, a unit movement officer assigned to 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, traveled to Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta to donate one of her kidneys to Stephanie Barnes, her son’s former fifth-grade teacher.
April, a native of Luverne, Alabama, and a staff sergeant in the Reserves assigned to the 104th Division, based in Salt Lake City, stayed close to Barnes after moving from Alabama to Texas.
While visiting friends and family in Alabama, April heard Barnes was having health issues and was in need of a kidney transplant. After test results showed she was a valid donor match, April jumped at the chance to help a friend.
Jeffery said he was shocked when his wife told him she wanted to volunteer as a donor. After some deliberation and counsel from his unit’s chaplain, he changed his tune and applied for leave to accompany his wife.
“Once I saw how passionate she was about (the donation), I was behind her 100 percent,” said Jeffery. “She is one of the bravest people that I have ever met.”
Jeffery’s unit was very quick to approve the leave request and lend its support.
“When Chief Scott told me his wife was donating a kidney, I knew we needed to support him and his wife,” said Col. Terry Cook, commander of 4th BCT, 1st AD.
The surgeries were conducted May 9. The donated kidney immediately improved Barnes’ condition, and the doctors said they were pleased with the results.
Jeffery agreed that the surgery was a success and said his wife was released from the hospital two days later. Post-surgery recovery will keep April out of work and her Reserve commitment for about six months, he said.
April said she hopes her willingness to help will inspire other Soldiers and civilians to perform unconditional acts of selfless service.
“We as human beings, if we see someone with a need, you need to meet that need,” said April. “If it’s not going to put you in danger and you do your research, you should help out.”