News Releases

CDCR Officer Saves Fellow Dad/ Officer through Kidney Donation

Donor is Volunteer Coach and “Tuff Teddy” Mascot

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Correctional Officers Luis Hernandez, (Donor) and Gaston Alexander Benjamin, (Recipient) say post-operation goodbyes.
Saturday, March 12 2011
11:00 a.m.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center
757 Westwood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90095
Meet at hospital information desk
On-site Contact: Enrique Rivero, 310-597-5768
Kidney transplant recipient, Officer Gaston Alexander Benjamin, the single father of two young children who works transporting inmates to medical appointments at California State Prison-Los Angeles County, will be released from UCLA Medical Center after receiving a kidney transplant from Calipatria State Prison Correctional Officer Luis Hernandez. Hernandez, a dad, volunteer coach and volunteer CDCR “Tuff Teddy” mascot for kids’ events, learned that the fellow officer might not survive without a kidney transplant from reading a CDCR flyer seeking potential donors. Cameras captured the emotional first meeting and part of the medical procedure. (Video dubs available.)
CONTACT: LUIS PATINO (916) 445-445-4950