Friend Receives a Life Saving Surprise of a Kidney Transplant

Kidney Transplant Josiah and BritniMusic brought two friends together – Josiah Martin and Britni Ruff – and now they share an everlasting connection. Josiah was born with a genetic kidney disease called focal segmental glomerulosclerosis, which destroys the kidneys. Now at the point of end stage renal failure, Josiah was in need of a kidney transplant. In stepped Britni who would change Josiah’s life forever. Britni reached out to the Emory Transplant Center to donate her kidney, and learned she was a blood and tissue match. Emory reached out to Josiah to tell him he had a living donor, but Emory couldn’t tell him who his donor was, and neither could Britni.

“I didn’t think he would let me do it,” Britni said. “If I would have told him, he would have told me, ‘No, don’t do it. You’re too young’.”

Watch this heartfelt story of surprise unfold from FOX 5 Atlanta.

Emory Transplant Center has a well-established kidney transplant program. The Emory Kidney Transplant Program ranks no. 6 nationally for adult kidney transplant volume, performing more than 250 kidney transplants each year.

Emory Living Donor Kidney Program

Emory’s Kidney Transplant Program has a well-established living donor kidney transplant program. To date, we have performed more than 1,400 living donor kidney transplants. We encourage living donation because of the excellent outcomes and the shorter wait times for patients to receive a kidney.

Emory Transplant Center also offers a paired exchange program to donor and recipient pairs who do not match. We work with the National Kidney Registry to locate matching kidneys and exchange with other recipients who have donors who do not match with them.

To learn more about kidney transplant and Emory’s Living Donor Kidney Program, visit or call 855-366-7989.