Hi, My name is Edith Sievers. I am an Early Childhood Educator and also an artist / a painter and sculptor. I have been featured in many art shows and exhibits. A Sabra who served in the IDF, over the years lived in many countries as an U.S. Foreign Service spouse.
I was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease in 2016 and slowly it has changed my life.
Those who know me will attest to the fact that I am energetic and a hard worker. As I am now at End Stage Renal Disease and on dialysis, my doctors hope that I get a Kidney transplant while my body is strong enough to undergo the surgery.
A transplant will change my life. I won't be connected to a machine 3 times a week and will be able to continue to work and create. I will regain my livelihood.
I have been on a transplant list at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore for over 2 years. However, unless I find a living donor, wait time is 5-8 years and growing longer. Unfortunately many on the list die while waiting for a transplant and therefore I am putting out a plea for this urgent need. It is important to know that most donor surgeries are done laparoscopically and all expenses are paid for by the recipient's Health Insurance including lost wages.
If you want to learn more about kidney transplant see Dr. Dori Segev's presentation: Living Kidney Donor Surgery. Q & A
Asking someone to give a part of their body so that I could live is very difficult, but I am still optimistic that my angel is reading this and will give me another chance to enjoy life, be here for my children and grandchildren and continue to create.
Please call Johns Hopkins on my behalf at: 410-614-9345
Thanks for reading. Please feel free to FW this message.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Edith Sievers's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD, 21287
Did you know?
Medical expenses for living organ donors are 100% covered, and inquires from potential donors are 100% confidential! Contact the Transplant Center to learn more about living donation.More Donor FAQs
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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Edith shares her tremendous artistic talent at school, especially her love of working with clay,