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We are looking for a kidney donor for our daughter, who was diagnosed with Juvenile Diabetes at the age of 9 and End-Stage Renal Disease in February 1997. In May 1997 she miraculously received both a kidney and a pancreas. In November of 2014, the drug used to protect her from rejecting the donated kidney failed and again she was classified as in End-Stage Renal Disease, which requires dialysis regularly (3 times a week, 3.5 hours at a time). She is on the kidney donor list at St Luke’s hospital in Milwaukee, WI.
For anyone wanting to be a donor, please respond to this request with your contact information. Our daughter will contact you back with the information about how to contact the donor coordinator at St. Luke’s hospital.
To be a donor you must be between the ages of 18 and 70 and in good health. However, before you decide whether you want to be a donor or not, here are some facts you should know:
You only need one kidney to live a healthy, long life.
Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically, meaning through tiny incisions.
The recuperation period is usually fairly quick, generally two weeks.
The cost of your evaluation may be covered by our daughter’s insurance and the surgery costs will be covered by her insurance. The donor coordinator can give you extensive information on this.
You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to evaluate you as a living donor. Their job will be to help you understand the risks and benefits and to look out for YOUR best interests.
Our daughter's insurance covers the medical costs incurred at the transplant center. Some initial testing might be performed by your own doctor and the cost of those tests might not be covered. The official and actual details of the testing, scheduling, and expenses, etc. will be handled by the kidney transplant donor coordinator at St. Luke’s hospital. Almost all of your conversations about being a donor will be with the coordinator. The coordinator can answer all your questions or direct you to someone who can. Stepping forward as a potential donor does NOT obligate you to be a donor… you can change your mind at any point before the actual donation takes place.
Your blood type is not important; If it does not match our daughter’s, your donation will go to someone else and someone else’s donation matching our daughter’s will be donated to her. Thus, your donation still helps our daughter receive a healthy kidney.
Lastly, the living donation of a body part to save another person’s life is generous beyond words. Even if you don’t know the person, you will always have that unbelievable feeling of connection from knowing that you helped saved a life. If you cannot donate, will you please consider sharing our daughter’s story and need with friends and associates?
Thank you for your consideration.