Woodbury firefighter donates kidney to co-worker
Ladd Miller, a longtime Woodbury firefighter, was recovering in the hospital Thursday after he received a kidney transplant earlier this week. The donor? His roommate and fellow firefighter Phil Hennemann.
The pair checked into Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis Tuesday morning for the operation, a lifesaving one for Miller, who has been on dialysis for several months as he has awaited a match.
Miller, who has been with the Woodbury Public Safety Department for several years and currently serves as a paid on-call fire services commander, was born with one kidney and has a condition, polycystic kidney disease, that made a transplant necessary.
Hennemann, also a Woodbury paid on-call firefighter, stepped up to offer one of his kidneys when he found out earlier this year that he was a perfect match for his roommate.
Hennemann was expected to return home Thursday or Friday. Miller was expected be released from the hospital later this week or weekend.
A full story on the firefighter pals will be featured in the Wednesday, July 7 print edition of the Woodbury Bulletin.