My name is Maryam Saki. I love to garden, travel, cook, and spend time with family. I am 49 years old and have been on dialysis for the past six years. I have always eaten healthy and lived an active lifestyle so kidney failure was a shock to me. In 2016, I went into the hospital for a routine surgery and due to my doctor’s negligence, I left with kidney failure. It has greatly decreased my ability to enjoy life and spend time with my grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
For the past 6 years, I have had to go for dialysis three times per week and so many doctors appointments. It makes it difficult to travel, swim, and do many other things I used to be able to do. The dialysis leaves me feeling incredibly weak every time I go.
A kidney donor would be an answer to my and my family’s prayers. I just want to spend more time with them and to be able to travel and do all the activities I could do before this unfortunate event.
I am on the transplant list but the list is very long. I don’t want to miss out on the graduations, weddings, and the other special events that my family has in their future. Please consider becoming a living donor or sharing this message with others to help me find a match. The process is completely confidential and would mean the world to me and my family.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Maryam Saki'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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