Kidney Donor Desperately Needed For A Wife and Mother
Not too many people are a match to Ana. For her this is not going to be easy to find that special donor that makes a transplant possible.
Ana is a wonderful person, a wife and a mother, who has struggled with kidney problems for many years. She started to have high blood pressure since she was ten years old but at that time they could not figure it out why or what was wrong. She was first diagnosed with kidney disease when she was fourteen years old. There was little that could be done at that time but through strict diet, and clean living Ana was able to avoid kidney failure for a very long time. In 2008, Ana received a kidney from another wonderful and exceptional lady. But Ana kidney started to fail due to the complexity of the antibody-immunology issues. Fortunately doctors know now much more about this problem and they know how to indentified it and what to do to avoid kidney failure caused by this health threat.
Now she is back on dialysis.
Dialysis does help but it causes all sorts of problems. Not being able to sleep, cramps, nausea and vomiting, headaches, anemia, fatigue and blood infections are some of the things that can happen to people on dialysis. Ana has experienced it all. During dialysis, Ana keeps several blankets on her. Why? Because when blood is leaving you into a machine over and over again you get very cold. Doctors say donated kidneys keep people healthier and to live so much longer.
We have already checked our family and friends to see if we could donate to Ana but no one is a match. Two people have to match in order for one person to donate to another. We want to donate but we don’t match. It was hard for Ana to let me make this appeal but the bottom line is that unless I ask – the one person who wants to donate a kidney will not know about Ana and won’t be able to say yes. Ana does not want to bother anyone but I am asking you to help us do two things.
I ask you to ask yourself if want to give the gift of life to Ana. If you do, then please fill out the contact form on this website. An email with information will be sent to you along with a short form you will need to fill out. The first step is simple. You will talk to a transplant coordinator who will get some basic information from you. The hospital will mail you a blood sample kit to be taken at a lab or doctor near you. You fill out the form. If you are a match then the hospital will check to see if you are healthy and able to donate a kidney. Transplant centers will not accept a kidney from you if it is not safe for you. There are no medical costs to you through all of this. Our insurance will pay the medical bills. There is no pressure. You can always stop.
Or please help us spread the word that Ana needs a kidney. The more people who know the more likely it is that a special someone who wants to donate will give Ana the biggest gift anyone can ever receive: Life. Please link this site to your Facebook or other account. If enough people find out, if you help us draw a circle around people larger than any circle Ana and I can draw around family and friends, maybe that one special person can help Ana and donate life.
So we have to look and ask and hope to find someone who wants to save another person by being a kidney donor to Ana or help us to do that. We understand if you read this and say “this is not for me.” And that is OK. It is not for you. But if you believe in miracles please say a prayer for Ana. And please help us spread the word.