CHARLESTON - Pedro Rivera, a phlebotomist at Roper Hospital Berkeley, has suffered the trials of being on a transplant waiting list and enduring near daily dialysis since his kidneys began to fail him seven years ago.

Kristy Hill, an oncology nurse at the same hospital, noticed the way Rivera spoke gently and compassionately to her patients during the two years the pair worked together.

“I really don’t need two kidneys,” she recalled saying.

Hill approached her co-worker in May.

“What’s your blood type?” she asked him. “Could you take a kidney from a living donor?”

“Yeah, do you know someone?” Rivera replied with a chuckle.

After three months of testing, Rivera received one of Hill’s kidneys today in a transplant performed at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Read more in tomorrow’s editions of The Post and Courier.