I am a 48 year old female who is now in stage 5 kidney disease. I have not started dialysis as of today but I have a fistula that was placed November 16, 2022. I have an adult son with autism that I’m his caretaker/guardian. It’s been challenging to manage my own with him transitioning into adult services .
I was diagnosed with stage 3 and was fine up until Covid came along. In May of 2020 I caught Covid and that pushed me into kidney failure (stage 5). The nephrologist had hopes that they would rejuvenate as it was considered acute kidney injury. They did get back to a 4 and now they are stage 5 with about 10% function .
A transplant would mean that I could be here to see my children and grandchildren get older. It means that I would be here longer to provide and continue to advocate for my son with autism.
Just an inquiry would brighten my day. I have some family that has tried but can’t for various reasons . Another chance at life to continue to be a mother to my son with autism and continue on our journey
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Michelle Minor'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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