DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Deputy saves life

DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Deputy saves life

DESOTO PARISH, LA (KSLA) - A DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office Deputy saved the life of one person — that he hasn't even met.

Deputy Chris Davis signed himself up for Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office "Be the Match" program which finds cancer patients with donors willing to participate in bone marrow transplants, blood stem cells and other methods to save lives.

Most people never receive a call, according to a news release from DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office. However, Davis was recently notified that a patient was in need fo Peripheral Blood Stem Cells.

He would have to take medicine by injection for five days before the donation date, which is called Filgrastim, which causes the body to increase white blood cells and produce peripheral blood stem cells.

Then, Davis would have to be admitted into Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center in Houston, TX, where he would spend the day in a chair with an IV in each arm.

"When Chris asked to take off from work to go do this, our answer was absolutely," said Sheriff Jayson Richardson in a news release. "We are very proud of him for accepting the call and we encourage others in public service to consider the difference they can make in someone else's life."

To find out more on Be The Match, click here.

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