Kidney Donation / Donación de Riñon
Comparto la siguiente carta de mi amigo y compañero del Colegio Ponceño, Arnold Rodríguez:
Dear Family & Friends,
I hope this note finds you and yours in good health, happy and having a blessed, joyful day!
I wish I was writing with good news, but unfortunately Elianne and I are writing to let you know that our daughter, Gabriela “Gaby”, is in end-state kidney failure. She is currently stable but needs a kidney transplant. Gaby’s kidney condition has deteriorated to the point that we had to enroll her in the United Network for Organ Sharing national kidney transplant waiting list.
Although a kidney transplant from a deceased donor is an option, with approximately 119,000 people on the United Network for Organ Sharing’s national waiting list, it can take up to 10 years or longer for a matching deceased donor kidney to become available for Gaby.
Another option is getting a living donor’s kidney. Therefore, if you know of someone whom would like to become a living donor, whose blood type is “B” (preferred because this is Gaby’s blood type) or “O” (universal donor), has no current or past history of kidney disease or dysfunction, hypertension, heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, and is in good physical and mental health, and would like to be tested to see if he/she is a match for Gaby, please advised them to call the Southwest Banner-University Medical Center Tucson’s Kidney Donors Coordinator, DAWN REECE, at 520-694-6241.
Mrs. Reece and the rest of the transplant team will help guide the Donor through the transplant journey, ensuring the Donor understands all aspects of the donation and transplant process, as well as the potential risks and long-term health needs.
A kidney donor volunteer will first undergo a telephone screening. If selected as a potential donor candidate, the volunteer will then undergo below listed tests to determine if he/she is a match for Gaby and is in good physical/emotionally/psychological health to undergo the transplant surgery.
1. Blood Tests
2. Chest X-Ray
3. Abdominal Imaging
5. Cardiac Testing
6. 24-Hours Urine Test
7. Dental X-Rays
8. Physical/Emotional/Psychological Evaluation
The donor’s testing, surgery and follow-up care IS PAID BY OUR MEDICAL INSURANCE COMPANY.
After surgery, the Donor will remain in the hospital 2 days. Follow-up recovery takes 4 – 6 weeks (outpatient). Donor’s will also undergo follow-ups/check-ups at 6-months, 12-months, and 24-months. These checks include, among other things, blood tests, as well as ongoing physical, emotional and psychological care and support.
Benefits of a Living Donor:
1. Living donor Kidney transplant have double the life expectancy of a deceased donor kidney.
2. Rejection Rates are far lower.
3. Giving this once in a life time gift of live, adds meaning to the living donor’s life.
4. Within hours of transplant surgery, the new kidney begins flushing toxins from Gaby’s body.
5. Gaby’s health complications brought about by kidney failure slow or begin to reverse.
6. Gaby’s energy levels increase.
7. Gaby will not have to schedule her life around dialysis appointments.
8. Gaby can go back to College and finish her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Social Work.
Although siblings are naturally the preferred living donor candidates because they have 1 in 4 chance of being genetically an identical match, unfortunately for Gaby neither Elianne, Nikolas, Kamille or I can donate a kidney to her. Kamille is too young. Nikolas underwent kidney surgery and has a history of kidney disease and hypertension. Like Gaby, I have a kidney disease and I am in stage two kidney failure and have a history of hypertension. Elianne could potentially be a donor, but unfortunately Gaby is one of 15 known cases worldwide that her kidney disease is related to a genetic mutation that was passed on to Gaby by a combination of Elianne and my genes. So the Doctor recommended neither Elianne or I be a donor.
Accordingly, we are reaching out to Family and Friends to see if we can find a living donor that is a match for Gaby.
You can learn more about organ transplantation from the following trusted health resources:
1. United Network of Organ Sharing: www.unos.org
2. Banner-Health: www.bannerhealth.com/services/transplant
3. Donate Life: www.organdonor.gov
4. Donor Network of Arizona: www.dna.org
5. Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network: www.optn.transplant.hrsa.gov/
6. Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients: www.sstr.org
7. Transplant Living: www.transplantliving.org
8. National Kidney Foundation: www.kidney.org
Please forward this note to all your family and friends. Thank you for your time, support and prayers.
With Love and Respect,
Arnold and Elianne Rodriguez