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True love: firefighter's girlfriend wants to give him her kidney

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They say true love shows itself in time of need and this is a story about such love. For David Flores and Britney Lizama, they are the perfect match in more ways than one. Flores has been a firefighter with the Guam Fire Department for 17 years.

Guam Fire Department chief Joey San Nicolas said, "He pretty much epitomizes what a firefighter should be - he's dedicated himself to public service and is always there even doing things off duty to represent the department." It was early last year when Flores was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease and coronary artery disease.

In August, he started hemodialysis after a non-tunneled intrajugular catheter was inserted. Then in November, he underwent a coronary angioplasty. To date, david has undergone a total of 13 operations since arriving in the Philippines. "He's a lifesaver, and now he's fighting for his own life. He is willing to step up - he is not giving up," said the chief.

With the doctors at St. Luke's Medical Center doing all they possibly can to keep him alive, they believe a kidney transplant will give him that fighting chance at life. Flores has been with Lizama for 9 years and she has been by his side through it all. The couple has been away from family, friends, and their children for over 8 months. San Nicolas said, "I'm sure they are having tough times and their struggles but their joys together is outlasting everything else. She's very strong."

Flores' spirits have remained high, with visits by several of his fellow brothers in the fire department, including San Nicolas. "You see a very strong network around him, that's also not giving up on him because he never gave up on anybody else," he said.

Last year, Lizama had asked to be David's donor, but was told they had to be married. That didn't stop her from trying to see if they were a match. She made a request to take the Tissue Type I test and after waiting 3 days, the doctors revealed she was a match. St. Luke's medical doctors/staff were able to accept her as David's donor after they saw the care and love they had for one another.

The couple is one test away from the kidney transplant but they have exhausted all their finances.

They have started a GoFundMe page saying, "Some of the people who are always the ones who were willing to give are the ones who sometimes need us."

If you would like to donate, please head over to http://gofundme.com/s6futg

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