Hi, I am 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 sixties when PKD placed him on dialysis and eventually took his life. Several years ago, my doctor told me that it was time to start my journey towards finding a donor for a kidney transplant.
Kidney disease is a difficult condition that affects several bodily systems, and one’s overall quality of life. Now, as I am near the point of renal failure, there is a particular urgency in my quest to find a living kidney donor. My doctor says a living donor is needed because it is best and because the deceased donor kidney transplant waiting list is extremely long.
Getting a kidney transplant will prolong my life and restore my energy. There are many goals I want to pursue before my time is through. I love spending time with family and friends, including my dog, Zeus, taking part in Church and community services activities, helping others, and traveling. Music is also one of my passions. I simply want to extend my time on the earth to continue enjoying these avenues of interests. I want to see my small grandchildren grow up.
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 act.
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.
A donor donating a kidney on my behalf would have their costs of hospital and medical care covered. Lost wages, room, and more may also be covered.
HOW TO HELP ME
You can help me by donating a kidney. If you cannot donate, you can help by sharing my story and the link for this page via social media and email. Just by sharing my story, you will help to save my life. Sharing would be like throwing a life preserver into the water to save me from drowning without jumping into the water with me. If an interested person wants to speak with a person confidentially for more information without any obligation to proceed further, they could call (410) 614-9345 or go to: https://www.hopkinsmedicine.org/transplant/programs/kidney/living_donors/
Reference: Henry E. Green
Donors can be anywhere.
Thank you so much for reading my story. Please share my needs with others and pray for me.
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
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.
Share Quote Via: