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Top Cop Eddie Johnson's Transplant Surgery 'Successful,' Hospital Says

By  Kelly Bauer and Heather Cherone | August 31, 2017 8:22am 

 Supt. Eddie Johnson's transplant surgery was
Supt. Eddie Johnson's transplant surgery was "successful," according to his doctors.
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CHICAGO — Supt. Eddie Johnson's transplant surgery was "successful," according to his doctors.

Johnson, who has battled kidney disease for decades, received a kidney from his 25-year-old son during an operation on Wednesday. Johnson was in fair condition after the surgery, according to a statement from Dr. Martin Hertl and Dr. Edward Hollinger, who operated on the top cop and his son.

Johnson's "vital signs are stable, he is conscious and comfortable and indicators are favorable," the doctors wrote. "Everything went smoothly and as expected for both donor and recipient."

The operation had taken months of planning, with Johnson losing 50 pounds to prepare.

Johnson revealed his condition after almost collapsing at a news conference earlier this year.

"Trust me when I tell you this," Johnson said. "There is still a lot of work to be done in this city. The quicker I get this done and recover, the quicker I can get back to the work at hand. I am determined to make CPD a model agency and Chicago one of the safest big cities in the country."