I found out in 2000 that I have Polycystic Kidney Disease. Kidneys are basically the body’s filters and mine are currently functioning at about 15%, on their way to failing altogether. We’re born with two kidneys but can function fine with just one healthy one. So I’m hoping maybe you’ll let me have one of yours, please?
My family and friends have all been tested but none of them qualified. Might you be a match for me?
I am a Mom, artist, writer, teacher, singer, gardener, arts therapist - or was, anyway. Now I can barely do any of those things (except be a Mom) because the PKD is taking its toll and fatigue is my daily reality. Believe me: I’d rather be dancing! Altho I do what I can.
Thank you for reading this and considering donating a kidney. If you’re interested, please contact Scripps Transplant Services at 858-554-4310.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Diane Gage'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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