Hello, my name is Omar. I was born in Peru and have been working as a Building Inspector since I moved to the USA over 20 years ago. I have been married to my loving wife, Norma, for 26 years and together we have two amazing kids, a daughter and a son, who I love very much.
I was diagnosed with with Chronic Kidney Disease about 13 years ago and am now a candidate for a kidney transplant. I have to follow a very strict diet and have experienced significant weight loss and fatigue, which limits the amount of physical exertion I can do. I have had more of a struggle these past few months and I miss being able to be as active with my family.
A transplant would give me a chance to live for many more years. I would be able to stay with my family and watch my kids graduate from school and start their careers. It would allow me to live long enough to be there for if my kids get married and have their own kids.
Everyday I pray for a miracle: to meet a generous donor to add longevity to my life. Thank you so, so much for reading my story. It means so much to me and my family. Please help me share my message widely, so I can meet my hero. If you would like to learn more about being a living donor please contact Yale New Haven Transplantation Center at 866-925-3897.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Omar Silva'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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