NYPD officer saves wife’s life by giving her a kidney

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Saving one life wasn’t enough for this member of New York’s Finest.

Three years ago, NYPD Sgt. Mario DiLeo stopped a woman from killing herself. Now the 34-year-old officer is saving his wife, by giving her one of his kidneys.

“I feel blessed that I have such an amazing husband,” said Jodi DiLeo. “To be honest, I’m really just keeping positive and looking forward to feeling better.”

Jodi, 43, was diagnosed with kidney failure when she was 10 years old, and has lived with a kidney donated by her retired NYPD father, Detective James Allen, ever since.

It was supposed to last her 25 years, and after 33, she experienced Stage 5 kidney failure.

“It’s pretty amazing,” said Jodi. “I’m one of the longest-living recipients.”

Now the organ is only 15 percent effective. But luckily, Mario got tested years ago to see if he was a match, and he was.

“It’s surreal, almost,” Mario, a 13-year department veteran assigned to the 25th Precinct detective squad, told The Post.

“When we first met, I always knew about her history. I always expected this down the line. I had no hesitation in that regard.”

The pair met at the Wicked Monk bar in Bay Ridge in 2006.

“He sent over a drink and I wouldn’t drink it” because he was a stranger, Jodi said with a laugh.

Mario knew instantly that the romance “was really it,” he said.

Six years later, Mario went to see if he’d be a match.

“I got tested just to have a plan in place, in case — God forbid — we ever got to this point,” he said.

It’s not the first time Mario has been a lifesaver.

In 2016, he was part of the group of cops who tracked suicidal Wayida Smalls, then 39, via her cellphone. They found her in a running car with a T-shirt stuffed into the tailpipe.

“When we got to her, we were banging on the windows, we were about to break it, but we saw her move her hand toward the door. We kept banging until she finally came to and as soon as she pulled the latch we were able to yank her out and she survived,” he said.

The Westchester couple will go under the knife Feb. 12, and said they plan to watch movies while they recover.

Additional reporting by Max Jaeger

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