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Toronto police chief Mark Saunders to undergo kidney transplant

Last Updated Sep 29, 2017 at 7:24 pm EDT

Toronto Police Chief Mark Saunders speaks during a press conference in response to verdict in Forcillo trial in Toronto on Jan. 25, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Aaron Vincent Elkaim

Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders will undergo a kidney transplant on Monday — and his wife Stacey will be the donor.

Spokesman Mark Pugash said the chief has been on dialysis for about seven hours a day for some time.

The length of time Saunders will be off the job will depend on how well he recovers from surgery, but most kidney transplant recipients can return to work within three to eight weeks of the procedure, according to the Mayo Clinic.

“On behalf of all Toronto residents, I wish Chief Mark Saunders and his wife Stacey all the best as they undergo this surgery together,” Mayor John Tory said in a statement.

“Battling kidney disease while serving as the Chief of Police could not have been easy. It’s a testament to the Chief’s strength and determination. I know that will serve him well as he goes through this transplant procedure.

“I know we all look forward to the Chief being back on the job soon.”

Deputy Chief Jim Ramer will fill in during Saunders’s absence.