My name is Karen Surgeon. My passion is working with newborns, helping and uplifting others. I was diagnosed with kidney disease over 8 years ago. The kidneys does not repair itself and as a result it will to decline over time.
Here's my story! I was first diagnosed with Lupus 15 years ago. Shortly, after being placed on medications to control my lupus flares, my body started showing adverse reactions to the medications. The lupus attacked my kidneys and the medications made the situations more complexed. My lupus has been in remission for several years now but it didn't stop the decline in the function of my kidneys. This disease has caused severe weight loss, loss of appetite, fatigue, and interferes with my daily living.
Getting a transplant would be extremely meaningful to me. It would increase my quality of life. It would help me gain confidence in myself again. Be able to make plans with friends/family or even for my future. Eating something I love or enjoyed without restrictions. Be more involved in my community.
I am lookin for a LIVING donor that will help to increase my quality and life expectancy. Please, can you find it in your heart to donate one of your kidneys to me. If you are not able to can you share my story and ask a friend/family member to donate. You don't have to be a match, there are now programs that allows donors to swap.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Karen Surgeon'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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