My name is Henry, and I am writing because I need a kidney. I have Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) a progressive disease that has caused my kidneys to lose their function. I inherited PKD from my father, who was in his 60s when PKD placed him on dialysis and eventually took his life. Several years ago, my doctor told me that it is time to start my journey towards finding a donor for a kidney transplant. Now, I am at the point where I need a kidney.
Kidney disease is a difficult condition that impacts other bodily systems; not including the possible need for dialysis, waiting for a kidney, and the overall impact on quality of life. I am searching for a living kidney donor because the deceased donor kidney transplant waiting list is extremely long. Besides, my doctor says a living donor would be best.
I love spending time with family and friends, including my dog, Zeus, taking part in Church and community service activities, and traveling. Music is also one of my passions. I simply want to extend my time on this Earth to continue to explore new avenues of my interest, enjoy watching my small grandchildren grow up, and continue my work helping others. That is why I am reaching out to you, praying that you would consider blessing me by donating a kidney. It is a difficult thing to outright ask you for your kidney—that is a very powerful and personal gesture—however, I would be truly grateful for such a selfless gesture.
What is involved in being a living kidney donor? There are very few, if any, health concerns associated with donating a kidney. Our bodies are designed such that we can live with only one healthy kidney. My health team at Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center, consisting of surgeons, nephrologists, nurse coordinators, transplant immunologists, researchers, and social workers will conduct a very thorough health and physical workup to determine your healthiness to donate a kidney. If the health team finds that you can donate and are a suitable match, the procedure requires a small incision (laparoscopically or robotically), a day or so of hospitalization and a short period of recovery. Afterwards, you would be able to resume your normal life and daily routines. Costs for the procedure, travel and lodging, loss of wages, if any, will be covered by my insurance and other sources. To obtain more information and answers to questions about the living donor process, or to donate a kidney, please call (410) 614-9345 or go to: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/kidney/living_donors/. Reference: Henry E. Green
You can help me fight this fight in other ways if you cannot donate:
1. Spread the word to your family and friends. Someone you know might be willing to serve as a donor. You can also share this message on social media.
2. Prayers and positive support are always welcomed and much appreciated.
Thank you for considering my request for help!
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Henry E Green'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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