I was diagnosed in 1994 with a chronic kidney disease and was placed on the kidney transplant list at UNC Chapel Hill 4 years ago. Last year I ended up having to have open heart surgery which led me to going on hemodialysis 3 times a week, for 4 hours each time. I’m only 59 years old and I need a kidney! The transplant team at UNC told me this year that due to some of my cardiac issues, I really need to get a kidney in the next year to be able to continue on the transplant list. I hope you’ll help me spread the word and share my story in hopes that I could get a living donor !
If you’re able and want to donate to my kidney transplant fund, please go to this link for more information:
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Kenneth Touchton'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.
Long-term survival is significantly improved among patients who receive a kidney transplant compared to those who remain on dialysis.
A kidney from a living donor lasts longer and begins functioning more quickly than a kidney from a deceased donor.
Since 1954, when the first successful living donor transplant took place in Boston, living donors have been giving the gift of life and making a difference.
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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