My name is Nick and unfortunately I was born with one kidney. Six years ago they found a mass that the doctor thought was cancerous on my kidney. During surgery to remove the mass due to complications they had to remove my kidney. That left me now on dialysis and in search of a kidney.
Since being on dialysis I have had 3 heart attaches and a stroke. I almost died when a hematoma on my port for dialysis ruptured. Dialysis has made life for me and my family hard and stressful.
I doubt if I can get you 200 words but to have a kidney again will give me freedom to me I'm trapped in this dialysis thing 3 days a week to me I can't enjoy the places I would like to go yes they have equipment that I can use nowadays but it's still not the same for me to sum it all up freedom in one word
Due to other complications I can only receive a kidney from a living donor. If you are not a match donor for me there are swap programs to get me the kidney I need through your donation. I encourage everyone to think about being an organ donor.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Earl Nickerson's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
There are currently 120,000 people waiting for a lifesaving organ transplant in the U.S. Of these, 100,000 await kidney transplants.
The median wait time for a kidney transplant is 3-5 years and can vary depending on health, compatibility, and where you live.
In 2014, 17,107 kidney transplants took place in the U.S. Of these, 11,570 came from deceased donors and 5,537 came from living donors.
Every 14 minutes someone is added to the kidney transplant waitlist.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
In 1995, kidney donation became minimally invasive with a procedure called laparoscopic nephrectomy, which only requires four small incisions. Hospital stay is typically only 3 days after this operation.
Not blood type compatible with your recipient to be a living donor? Kidney Paired Donation (the “kidney swap” program) enables incompatible candidates with a living donor to receive a kidney from a compatible donor.
Last year, over 700 living donor kidney transplants occurred using Kidney Paired Donation.
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