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Florida dispatcher gives Christmas present to coworker: a kidney

“She’s completely unselfish and an amazing human being.”
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office shared a video on Facebook after Amber Savoie donated a kidney to her fellow dispatcher Jesselyn Mesa.
Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office shared a video on Facebook after Amber Savoie donated a kidney to her fellow dispatcher Jesselyn Mesa. [ Facebook screenshot ]
Published Dec. 26, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A dispatcher at a Florida sheriff’s office has given her colleague the best Christmas present ever: a new kidney.

Amber Savoie, a dispatcher for the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, earlier this month donated a kidney to Jesse Mesa, a fellow dispatcher who was diagnosed with Lupus, an autoimmune disease that can damage kidneys.

After a potential donor dropped out this year, Mesa made a last-ditch effort by sending out an email to the entire Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office, asking if someone might consider helping her.

The Ultimate Gift - One Dispatcher Donates a Kidney to another Dispatcher

Jesselyn Mesa is a beloved 9-1-1 Dispatcher with The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office. She comes into work every day to help those who are in dire need of assistance, always putting others first. Little did people know, that for years, after her shift is over, she would go to a dialysis center to have her blood filtered out. Jesselyn has spent thousands of hours connected to a machine that works as her kidney because her disease has made her Kidney unable to filter her blood. Jesselyn has Lupus. After years of people first, she finally gave in and asked for help. She sent an email out to her family at The Sheriff's Office looking for anyone that would possibly consider donating a kidney to save her life. Amber Savoie, a fellow Dispatcher, answered that call. Now, they are Kidney Sisters. This is their amazing story of love, compassion and sacrifice.... - "Save one life you're a Hero, save hundreds, you're a Dispatcher. "

Posted by PBSO - Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Even though Savoie didn’t know her colleague well, she volunteered. Savoie works the night shift while Mesa works during the day.

“I knew her,” Savoie told the South Florida Sun Sentinel. “But it wasn’t like we were best friends.”

Savoie said she knew her colleague had children — ages 19 and 12 — and she wanted Mesa to be able to watch them grow up.

“She’s completely unselfish and an amazing human being,” said Mesa.