Nurse Who Killed Patients Donates Kidney
Saturday, August 19, 2006

TRENTON, N.J. -- The former nurse who admitted killing 29 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania has donated a kidney to a dying New York man.

Surgery on Charles Cullen was performed early Saturday, his court-appointed attorney Johnnie Mask told The Star-Ledger of Newark.

Mask said the surgery went well and the kidney is a perfect size because Cullen is so healthy.

The kidney is expected to be brought by helicopter to Stony Brook University Hospital on Long Island where it will be donated to a relative of Cullen's friend.

Cullen has been waiting about a year to give the organ. He said last year he would skip his sentencing hearing unless he was allowed to donate the organ. In February, a judge agreed to allow the transplant and Cullen appeared before the victims'families the next month.

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