Maggie Hengst


My name is Maggie and I was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease more than 10 years ago. I have a sister who just received a kidney transplant and my mother died of a different type of kidney disease. I just found out that my maternal grandfather died of a heart failure brought on by kidney disease. Because of this familial issue, family members who would be the closest match may possibly have the same problem and therefore are not candidates for donation. My kidneys have been declining slowly ever since. I am married and have 5 children, 12 grandchildren, 2 great granddaughters and a great grandson due in late spring. I love to read, quilt, crochet, travel and spend time with family.

I am very close to total kidney failure and needing to begin dialysis. This will change my life significantly. In addition to the time that dialysis will take, it will put an end to our traveling which we love. We have children and grandchildren in Washington State, Colorado and Texas. We have sisters out of state as well and love going to the beach. As our grandchildren are growing up more of them will be leaving the area.

A transplant would mean that I can continue doing the things I love!

My best chance at living the life that I am accustomed to is to find a living donor. The wait for a cadaver donor is more than 5 years and who knows whether I will be healthy enough for a transplant by that time. A living donor transplant also has a much longer life expectancy than a cadaver kidney. Please share this story as many places as possible which will give me the best chance of finding a living donor.


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If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Maggie Hengst's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire

Johns Hopkins Hospital

1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD, 21287

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