Chicago police chief says he’s had kidney transplant offers

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Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson, center, is aided by colleagues after he appeared to fall ill during a press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel at a Englewood district police station, Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, in Chicago. Chicago Police Department spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter that Johnson "felt light-headed" and didn't lose consciousness. Guglielmi says Johnson was coherent and will go to a hospital to be examined. (Zbigniew Bzdak/Chicago Tribune via AP)

CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson says some of his own officers and citizens alike have offered to donate a kidney to him since he disclosed that he’s on a kidney transplant waiting list.

After nearly fainting at a Friday news conference, Johnson announced that he’s had a kidney condition for decades and is now awaiting a transplant.

He said Saturday that since he made that disclosure, citizens have called 911 to give their information for possibly becoming a kidney donor for him.

The Chicago Tribune reports Johnson says those kind offers have given him “a humbling, humbling feeling.”

Johnson says he was diagnosed with an ailment that causes an acute inflammation of the kidney at age 25 when he underwent testing while applying to become a Chicago police officer.