My son Martin, 24, is in urgent need of a living kidney donor. It could be any blood type. You can help us by either considering being a donor or by spreading the word.
The donor could be any age between 18 and 65 years old, must be in good health, preferably with blood type O+, but not restrictive to this blood type since Johns Hopkins has a “Pair Donation Program”.
There is no cost for the donor and no lifestyle restrictions after the surgery. Be sure that the health of the donor is the transplant team's number one priority.
A new kidney for Martin is a new LIFE for him.
The donor can live a completely normal healthy life with just one kidney.
If you would like to help Martin and be tested as a potential donor, please contact Johns Hopkins at (410)614-9345. Also, visit the links above.
Thank you for reading and sharing this request with family and friends. With the right transplant, Martin will be healthy again and be able to enjoy a full and productive life.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Martin P'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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