My name is Bobby. I am in sales and a local musician in the DC area performing 50 shows a year with my band The Bobby Lewis Blues Band. I had the flu in 2018 and just couldn't shake it. My wife insisted we go to the hospital where I was told my liver was failing and I had 3 days to live. I was sent home on hospice and even received last rights. Being stubborn I didn't go along with the plan. My amazing wife took me back to the hospital. They initially refused to take me in. Thankfully, another doctor DID admit me. She also called John's Hopkins and I was transferred there where I received a liver transplant on March 22, 2018. If it wasn't for my wife and the grace of God I wouldn't have survived.
For 3 years my liver transplant went perfectly! No issues at all. Even with my suppressed immune system I was able to function without issue through Covid. From out of nowhere I contracted FSGS, a rare autoimmune kidney disease in early July 2021. I have been on dialysis since then. In my job I traveled 150-200 days a year which I can no longer do. Fortunately they have allowed me to continue working on other tasks and have been supportive.
A transplant would allow me to "get my life back" so that I can work and support my family. Dialysis 3 days a week basically controls your life and is incredibly restrictive. My daughter is getting married in June and I would love to see my grandchildren one day. Without a transplant the chances of that happening are dramatically reduced. I feel I still have a lot to give in this life if given the chance.
I cannot stress the urgency of getting a transplant. My insurance coverage will reduce drastically once my wife retires in one year. I have always done what I can to help others ( my band performs dozens of benefits a year) it is very strange and uncomfortable for me to be the one needing help. It's not something I am used to, but be that as it may, I really need help now.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Bob " Bobby Lewis" Morris'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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