CHICAGO — Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson underwent a successful kidney transplant operation that lasted for several hours.
Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Johnson was resting comfortably Wednesday after the surgery at Rush University Medical Center. He said the superintendent and his son, who donated the kidney, got through the surgery without incident.
The hospital reported in a statement that Johnson is in fair condition and his vital signs are stable. His 25-year-old son is reported in good condition.
When he arrived at the hospital early Wednesday, Johnson appeared calm and even joked with reporters about what might happen as a result of the operation. He said he hoped "I don't get the urge to do the things that college kids do."
Doctors expect Johnson to remain in the hospital for three to five days and then at home for three to six weeks.
Johnson over the last several days had seemed relaxed about the surgery. When he arrived at Rush University Medical Center early Wednesday he appeared calm and even joked with reporters about what might happen as a result of the operation.
Johnson expressed pride that his son had decided to donate one of his kidneys rather than have him remain on a waiting list for a kidney.
"It's a decision that he made on his own," Johnson said. "It's humbling. That's not an easy thing, I'm sure, to make that decision."
Johnson also talked about organ donation before he entered the hospital, saying he wanted to let people know they "can change somebody's life" by donating.