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