North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue captain has life saved by stranger’s kidney donation


A North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue captain received a Christmas miracle this holiday season when a complete stranger saved his life by donating her kidney. 

Melissa Kolhman saved the life of North Hudson Regional Fire & Rescue Capt. Robbo Pisani by donating her kidney to him. Photo courtesy of NJ 101.5.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Robbo Pisani had been in end-stage renal failure since January 2017 and required nine to 10 hours of in-home dialysis for the past year. Needless to say, things were looking bleak.

However, five months after appearing on NJ 101.5, Melissa Kolhman, a complete and total stranger, donated her kidney to save the firefighter’s life.

“To be your true self,” she said in a statement as to why she decided to come to Pisani’s aid.

“This is you telling you what you need to be to better. To be all you are able to be. This isn’t an inconvenience, it’s an opportunity for Rob to continue to experience his
daughters’ firsts instead of it being his last opportunity.”

Pisani of course expressed grate gratitude over Kohlman’s sacrifice.

“There are angels who walk the Earth to help others and Melissa is one of them,” said Pisano.

“Now you would never think in a million years that a guy could go on the radio, ask for a kidney and get one. If that’s the case, then you don’t know New Jersey and New Jersey 101.5.”

Pisano is a lifelong friend of NJ 101.5 evening host Steve Trevelise, who had Pisano ask listeners for help back in the summer. On Monday, both Pisano and Kohlman went on the show to share their remarkable journey.

They’re full segment can be heard here.

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