My name is Marvin Kimbrough. I am 66 years old and my journey with kidney disease began in 2012 when my primary care physician told me that I should see a nephrologist because my blood work indicated that my kidneys were starting to fail. I was working as a physical therapist at the time and had been a physical therapist since 1977. In 2014, I was admitted to the hospital for kidney failure for the first time. I was told that my kidney failure was due to an allergic reaction to bactrim. I recovered and was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD). Later I was told I had developed an adrenal tumor (pheochromocytoma) and my right adrenal gland was removed in 2016 at which time a cancerous tumor was noted in my right kidney. In 2017 my right kidney was treated with cryoablation due to the cancer.
In July 2019 I had both kidneys removed due to cancer in both kidneys and PKD, thus I have been on dialysis 3 times a week for the past 2 1/2 years. I thank God for dialysis because it keeps me, and so many others, alive! I have my good days and some not so good days. Fatigue is one of the major side effects. I enjoy traveling, including hiking and exploring National and state parks, and I love landscape photography. I don't get to travel like I used to because of my dialysis schedule and loss of energy so I explore opportunities to take pictures locally when I have the energy. My dialysis days are generally focused on recovering from the effects of dialysis and then the days that I don't have dialysis are spent trying to enjoy those days no matter how I feel because you don't know what the next day will bring.
A kidney transplant would mean the ability to enjoy life more abundantly, including spending quality time with my family and friends. I would travel more frequently, enhance my love for photography and maybe get a chance to fulfill my bucket list of traveling internationally. Now that I am retired I am also looking forward to giving back in terms of service in my community.
So I am looking for a living donor to prolong my life. Most people don't realize that you can live a long and productive life with one kidney. A living donor can change another person's life immensely and I would be so grateful.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Marvin Kimbrough's Transplant Center. Begin by completing the donor questionnaire
1800 Orleans St, Baltimore, MD, 21287
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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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