Bella is my step daughter. I have known her since she was 3 years old. She is now 13. This saddens me greatly. So I have seen a decline in her health this past year from the kidney failure. Before you couldn't see it. Whenever I see her down or not being active, I do my best to lift her spirits and get her moving. I could only imagine how hard is for her and want her to fight and keep moving. I love her very much and want her to be happy and healthy.
She used to do jujitsu and liked it very much. She can no longer do it. Bella also plays the violin and has been taking lessons.
A transplant would mean everything to Bella. She hides a lot of her emotions towards this. Probably cause this situation is very difficult to deal with.
I believe that things happen for a reason. Through trials and tribulations. God will challenge you. I know that there is someone out there that is willing to help Bella.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Bella Brittingham'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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