MARY NEEDS A LIVING KIDNEY DONOR

Mary is young and has her whole life ahead of her. She just needs to find a courageous living kidney donor who will give her hope and save her life!

About MARY

Mary was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) in 2019.  She experienced vomiting and swelling that almost led to her dying, and her biopsy at the hospital revealed that she had this disease.  In 2021, Mary was transplanted with two pediatric kidneys that lasted two months.  Her white blood cells dropped to dangerous levels, her body rejected the kidneys, and it took a month to recover while in the hospital.  Now, she needs a perfect kidney match to be transplanted again.  Mary is only in her early 20s.

 

we need to find a living donor

Waiting 3-5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor is not the best path forward for Mary.  With a living donor, Mary can get her kidney transplant sooner!  Research has shown that when patients receive a kidney from a living donor, the outcome is generally better.  Living kidney donation is also ideal because kidneys from living donors last longer and there is a lower chance Mary’s immune system will attack her new kidney (rejection).

We are sharing Mary’s story with those we know in the hope that we might be able to find a courageous living kidney donor.  This donor would not only save Mary’s life, but also give the greatest gift to her family as they cannot imagine a world without her in it.

who is eligible to donate?

Mary is extremely lucky to have secured highly qualified medical help and support from the team at the University of Utah Health. She wants any interested persons to know that they will be in exceptional hands should they decide to step forward.  UUH has shared the following as a pre-qualification list for donation:

  • must be between the age of 18-69 years old.
  • must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity (BMI of 37 or less).
  • must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

You Can Help Save Mary's Life!

Are You Interested In Donating?

If you are interested in being Mary's living donor, please complete the short contact form below. A donor advocate will reach out to you within one business day to answer any questions you may have and will guide you through the next steps in the process.

Have Questions About donating?

Having questions is normal! We have a great resource available. Please complete the contact form below and a donor advocate named Laurie will reach out to you. Laurie is a living kidney donor who can answer any non-medical questions you may have, guide you through the process, and connect you to great resources. If you have medical questions, we can connect you with the right team member at the University of Utah Health.

No, but i want to help!

Thank you! The best way you can help is by following Mary's Facebook page and sharing posts from her page as much as possible. The more shares we get, the more people we can reach, and the better chance we will have of finding Mary's courageous donor.

PROCESS FOR STEPPING FORWARD AS A DONOR FOR MARY

Below are the simple steps you will take to move through the living donor process.  Know that even thinking about being a living kidney donor is a courageous step and we are grateful for you!

COMPLETE CONTACT FORM

Fill out the short contact form below and Laurie, a donor advocate, will reach out to you within 1 business day to set up a time to connect.

DISCUSSION

During your time with Laurie, you will get to ask questions and get answers from a living kidney donor. She will tell you more about the process, address non-medical concerns, and connect you to valuable resources.

COMPLETE BREEZE

Breeze is a health questionnaire that will be reviewed by Mary's medical team to determine your eligibility for living donation and next steps.

Fill out my online form.

Kidney Transplant Facts

Here are some things you may not know about kidney transplant and living donation.  After considering the facts, you will see why living kidney donation is Mary’s best option for healing and living a full life.

THE WAITING LIST IS LONG

There are over 100,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list in the U.S. On average, most peopl will wait 3-5 years before getting a kidney from a deceased donor.

NEW NAME EVERY 9 MINUTES

Each day, 17 people die waiting for a life-saving organ transplant and a new name is added to the transplant waiting list every 9 minute

THERE'S A KIDNEY SHORTAGE

The shortage of kidneys for transplantation continues to be a public health crisis in the U.S.

LIVING DONORS HELP

5,700 living kidney donor surgeries occur annually in the U.S. and the vast majority of kidney donors know the person they donate to.

KIDNEYS ARE INCREDIBLE

When a person steps forward to donate a kidney, one is removed and the other grows and increases its function so the body can operate normally.

SPEEDY RECOVERY

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks.

From Mary

“There aren’t any words in the universe that can describe to them how happy it is to let out your first bathroom break. It is silly to say, but I cannot tell you how it feels to go from feeling like you constantly have a sickness and then one day you don’t feel like your body is trying to kill you. One way I could explain that feeling is seeing the sunrise while eating your favorite meal and drink at the same time. In a place that only you know it is safe and peaceful. A happy place. A truly happy feeling of being alive.”

Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, members of Mary's family are either not a match or too unhealthy to donate at this time.  In some cases, the best living donor is one who is not a family member, even when family members do step forward to donate.

While Mary's insurance will provide coverage for the donor, the donor needs to have their own health insurance in the rare event an unknown health issues comes up for the donor.

While Mary's insurance covers all costs related to the donation (for Mary and the donor), there are expenses like travel, meals, and lost wages that you may be reimbursed for.  There are resources available to ensure you are not paying for anything out of pocket.  We can provide more information on those resources, if interested.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

The ideal outcome is for Mary is to find a living donor.  She has already battled so much with her kidney disease that being on the kidney transplant waiting list for 3-5 years is simply not ideal.  Long-term dialysis is also not ideal as it can lead to a variety of complications such as low blood pressure, injection site infection, and blood clots.

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