Midstate officer gets surgeon, liver to emergency transplant after crash

Written by The Associated Press | Jan 11, 2017 1:48 PM
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(DENVER) -- A midstate police officer responding to a crash wound up driving a surgeon, an assistant and a donated liver to a Philadelphia hospital for an emergency transplant.

Cocalico Township Police Sgt. Darrick Keppley says he came upon a disabled car Saturday afternoon that had skidded off the icy roadway in Lancaster County. The team was transporting a liver from York Hospital to Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where a patient was already in the operating room.

Keppley says after learning the patient was waiting, he offered to help. The doctor and assistant piled into his vehicle, he switched on his lights and sirens and navigated the snowy 60 miles east to Philadelphia.

Keppley says he was hoping to get a cheesesteak, but after safely delivering the liver, it was time to head back to work.

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