My name is Martha ireland and ived been living with lupus since 1990. In the past couple of years my kidneys began to fail. at first it was just the numbers in the analysis of my blood that showed any changes, then I began to feel so tired, I couldn’t function, my body has stopped making red blood cells, because of my kidney failure and I have to get shots and transfusion s frequently to stay alive. I never feel normal, I’m always very tired, some days I can function and some days I can’t, in addition to the terrible fatigue I feel bad all the time. The food I used to enjoy , I don’t anymoreall because my kidneys don’t work any more. I am a mother and grandmother. I love my family and friends and I want to be able to spend time with them and enjoy their company. I love plants and I want to be able and work in my garden. I have wonderful friend and I want and I want to to be able to spend time with them and enjoy their company. Dialysis might be able to keep me alive for now, but I don’t just want to be alive, I want to Live.
my body has stopped making red blood cells bevy of my kidney failure and I have to get EPO shots and blood transfusion s every 2 weeks to stay alive,I never feel normal and I’m weary of being so fatigued all the time,
I love my family and friends and I would like to se my grandchildren grow up and enjoy their company, I pray that somebody will be so kind and donate me a kidney,
If you are considering being a living donor please use links below to contact Martha Ireland'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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