I have fourth-stage kidney disease and only have 19-percent function of my kidneys.
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia, where I have been accepted as a patient to have a kidney transplant, has encouraged me to spread the word about my need for a living kidney donor.
I am doing this because even strangers have been known to be living kidney donors. I hope you or someone you know would be willing to take the challenge and be my living kidney donor.
I am asking you to consider being a living donor so I do not have to go on dialysis while I would wait up to seven years for a deceased kidney.
“In the U.S., there are over 100,000 people waiting for a deceased donor kidney transplant. That is why it takes five to seven years to get a kidney transplant,” said Bethany Hosier, kidney transplant coordinator for Jefferson.
My blood type is “O Positive.” The only blood type compatible with me is “O.” A donor could be either “O Positive” or “O Negative.”
Here are some fast facts:
• The success rate of transplants from living donors is higher than deceased donors.
• There are minimal health complications for both donor and recipient.
• Donation of a living kidney will greatly increase my quality of life and prevent dialysis, which cannot be performed forever. If I do not find a living donor, I would start dialysis in about a year or two.
• Anyone can sign up to be a living donor.
• Even if a donor is not a match for the recipient, there is an exchange program in place.
• A person who wishes to be a living donor is in the hospital for four to five days. “We typically tell donors to stay out of work at least four weeks, but it really depends on their job,” Hosier said.
• Living kidney donors are offered home care if they would like it. “All donor bills – hospital stay, medications, home care – are paid for by a donor acquisition fund and the kidney recipient’s insurance.
As a retired journalist for The Advance of Bucks County, Yardley News and BucksLocalNews.com, I focus a good deal of my time on my hope to make this world a better place and sharing the words “Peace, Love and Harmony” on my Facebook page, which has about 2,000 followers. My goal is to inspire others about the good in the world.
My hope is to continue spreading joy and happiness. But of most importance, I want to meet my future grandchildren and spend a lot of quality time with them. I can achieve this if I find a living kidney donor.
Thank you so very much for your support. I hope I have inspired you to become a living kidney donor for me.
If you are interested, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name and phone number.
I will send you the living donor coordinators’ names and phone numbers, along with a living donor website address. A living donor video is included in the information.
I hope to hear good news from you very soon.