Man’s donated leg helps lead deputies to Kootenai Co. body

Man’s donated leg helps lead deputies to Kootenai Co. body

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by HAYLEY GUENTHNER & KREM.com

KTVB.COM

Posted on December 10, 2013 at 8:43 AM

SPOKANE, Wash.--KREM 2 News brought you the story of Brent King who donated his only leg to the Spokane County Sheriff's Office for cadaver dogs to train on back in July.

King had a bone infection and an amputation was necessary. He was also paralyzed and lost his other leg to another infection in 2011. He wanted something good to come his second time around.

The man's leg has already helped a local family. King's donation was the first ever body part donation in Spokane history.

"I didn't think it was going to work with all the red tape I thought there was going to be but the next thing I knew there you guys were with an ice chest and a camera," said King.

Recovery has been long and painful for King but the hope that his donation could someday help a family find closure made it worth it.

READ: Necessary amputation leads to the donation of a lifetime

On Monday, KREM 2 News told  King that his leg made a difference.

A Coeur d'Alene man, Michael Moorehead, went missing in a heavily wooded area. The cadaver dogs who trained dozens and dozens of hours on King's leg were the ones who led authorities to Moorehead's body.

King's donation has spread far beyond helping local families. He said a man requiring leg amputation at a VA hospital in Alaska was inspired by King's gift.

"The nurses told him about my leg donation so up in Alaska where they have a search and rescue team, he donated his leg to them," said King.

King said hopefully that man's donation will not be the last.

"If you have a problem with a body part that needs to be removed, you can donate it to the sheriff's office. My leg will only last so long," said King.

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