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A kidney for James

man-and-daughterA dear friend’s brother needs a kidney after entering stage four renal failure. You can read more about this here.

Most transplanted organs are received from people recently deceased. Kidneys are different; since each person has two kidneys and many people can thrive with only one, kidneys may be received from living donors.

If you are willing to be considered as a potential kidney donor for James, please send an email here. If you’re considering it but a little apprehensive about what it might entail, you can find a wealth of information on the National Kidney Foundation’s Living Donors page.

Know that by donating a kidney, you improve not only the life of its recipient,
but the lives of all those who love him, too.

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  1. February 16, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I have been listening to a podcast called Strangers. There’s a two part episode that tells the story of a young woman who signs up on a website to donate to a stranger. I’m waiting for the third part to come out. It’s really interesting.

    • February 18, 2016 at 4:39 am

      I’m going to try giving this a listen this weekend! Thank you for sharing it.

      • February 18, 2016 at 8:01 am

        Oh let me know how you like it! Enjoy! And you’re welcome. 🙂

  2. February 16, 2016 at 12:36 pm

    I hope a compatible match can be found. Quickly.

    • February 18, 2016 at 4:43 am

      Thank you. I’m hopeful that with a little time to mull it over, someone will step forward in the short term. In the longer term, I hope understanding of living kidney donorship grows so that it doesn’t seem like a mystifying and/or enormous thing when someone else down the road needs a kidney. (From my readings, longevity is much greater with transplant than dialysis, with dialysis contributing to complications accepting donor kidneys.)

  3. February 17, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Our dear, dear friend (that I refer to as J.J. in my blog) was the recipient of a kidney from his very caring, loving cousin and because of her loving, self-less act of generosity, we have our sweet, funny family friend still part of our lives….I pray that your friend’s brother receives such a loving gift of life… ❤

  4. February 20, 2016 at 11:33 am

    I am praying your friend’s brother is able to find a match and that the transplant goes well for the donor and your friend’s brother. I also hope that by reading this blog people do what is necessary to be tested to be a living donor and also register to be an organ donor if for some horrible reason they die, then at least something good can come of the tragedy of their death.

    • February 21, 2016 at 6:27 am

      I’m registered as a marrow donor, but I didn’t quickly find anything showing a similar registry for kidneys. It looks like living donorship is still based on direct, current match. I even saw information about kidney exchanges, where living donors can “swap” recipients when neither can donate directly to their loved one(s). (What a world we live in!)

      I hope this post will percolate in folks’ minds/hearts, so that they recall this either now or the next time they hear someone needs a kidney and feel a push to inquire.

      My godfather was on a transplant list when he died, so donor transplants have been important to me since I was very little. My draft post was actually a poem linking together this request with my own early knowledge of transplants. I might still post it further down the road, because I really, really want to illuminate how powerfully donation impacts so, so many lives … but for now, this post it is!

      Thank you so much for your kind wishes. ♥

      • February 21, 2016 at 8:25 am

        Deborah, I am so glad that you are drawing attention to this. I knew about the various organ donation, both living and after brain death, from when I got the honor of going to a National Youth Leadership forum on Medicine between my sophomore and junior year of high school. We got to listen to a lecture from the who created the internal heart pacemaker, who also reminded us that organ donation can save many people that his device could not. It was very moving and following that we were all offered the chance to sign up for all types of organ donation programs. I was amazed that people would donate kidneys in the way you discribed, each donor helping someone helping a the family member of the other person. I am so sorry for your loss of your godfather because a match was not found. I pray more people would register and be tested so more lives could be improved and/or saved.
        Sending prayers for all involved and for your family,
        Andrea

      • February 21, 2016 at 8:41 am

        Also may I write a blog and link this blog to it about how everyone can help with all sorts of donations, living and after brain death to save other people’s lives?

  5. March 5, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    I hope that a compatible match can be found quickly. Organ donation is slow here. I really, really hope it picks up. The dead don’t need their organs, and the lives that can be saved…

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