My name is Anna Matusik but my friends and family call me Ania. I am 40 years old and I live in New Britain with my dog Mila. I love to spend time with my family/ friends, travel, and explore new places. I work in healthcare as an interventional radiology tech. It requires me to be on my feet for a long period of time. Its a very demanding job but I love it.
Over 10 years ago I felt very sick and blood work showed that I was in kidney failure. After many tests, a biopsy showed that I have IgA nephropathy. IgA nephropathy (nuh-FROP-uh-thee), also known as Berger's disease, is a kidney disease that occurs when an antibody called immunoglobulin A (IgA) builds up in your kidneys. It’s a genetic disease and there is no cure for IgA nephropathy.
I have been on a transplant list for a while but it takes 5-8 years to find a match from a deceased donor. That is why I’m looking for a live donor to increase my chances of survival.
I am very weak and try my best to continue working in the field I love. Sometimes it gets overwhelming and my body slowly shuts down.
I would love the chance to live and enjoy my life like I used to.
I am hoping that someone feels the need to help another person and donate a kidney that would save my life.
I am registered at Yale New Haven Hospital. If you are interested or have questions about donating you can contact me directly at (860) 539-9533 or YNHH transplant center at (866) 925-3897. My insurance will cover the cost of a donor’s evaluation and surgery. My transplant coordinator can provide information about this if you would like to learn more.
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Anna Matusik'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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