Apr 30, 2009
I have benn on dialysis for 5 and half years, streph throat ruined my kidneys. When I first got ill, I was very heavy, I weighed about 400 lbs. So they told me then it would be impossible to get a transplant being that heavy. Well I elected to see if I was a canidate for gastric bypass. Found the doctor who prefected the laproscopy bypass, he is in Pittsburg PA. My dr. refreed me went to see him and found I was a good canidate for the surgery. That took close to 3 years to get approved, on Sept, %th 2007 had the surgery, 19 months later I have lost close to 180 pounds.
About 2 months ago I received a call from the transplant center, telling me that i should be eligible for a transplant now. Yesterday my oldest daughter Autymn, and myself went to the transplant center in Balitmore MD. While we were there we saw several videos and met with the surgeon and nurse and so on, many people. They told me with my age, which i will be 48 next month and the amount of time I have been on dialysis, a living donor would be my best bet for a successful tarnspalnt. I have never ask any of my 3 children to be tested to see if we matched. In fact I was set against the idea of it. Well she is 22 speaks her on mind makes her own decisions. She volenteered to give me one of her kidneys. After much protetst and argument from me, they showed me stats on how well she will do. Theres a 99% chance she will never have any health problems form donating a kidney, plus my chances of keeping that kidney working for 20 plus years is 90 to 95%.
This beautiful young lady, mother of my grandchildren, is showing me the ulimate act of love, giving me a new lease on life. I dont have words to say how proud of her that I am, just tears of joy and love. We have the same blood type, so likely hood is we will be a very close match, My other kids are going to be tested, so is my son-in-law, sometimes life has to smack you right in the face to show you how blessed your truley are, I just get on my knees and thank God for my kids.....brian