“My hopes and dreams after transplant are to have a life well lived. To give back, to share, to mentor.“
In Need of a Kidney
Our son, Louis, has been diagnosed with Renal Kidney End Failure, which means both his kidneys no longer function. He is on home dialysis now which takes about 9 hours to complete each time. Dialysis has been a challenge for Louis, he has difficulty eating, sleeping, and keeping down fluids. It breaks our hearts every time the nausea hits him and listening to him throw up, worse yet, is that there is nothing we can do to ease his suffering. Our family members immediately started the testing process in hopes that one of us could be a viable donor to save Louis’ life. We were so hopeful that one of us would be compatible to save Louis’ life but so far, we have been rejected as healthy candidates for Louis. It is so difficult to watch your child (no matter how old they are) suffer through this disease. The Transplant Center advised that we start reaching out to the universe for a kidney donor. Please consider helping our son, Louis (our only child) to live. Thank you for reading our story.
Louis is an innovator. He enjoys web design and online business opportunities. He is a kind-hearted young man and even when his finances are tight, he gives what he can to help the homeless here in Colorado. The photo attached shows Louis with some of the wonderful staff and medical professionals assisting him to stay alive. They have been integral in embracing me with their care. I appreciate everything they have done to date. Louis looks different now, as he has lost 20 more pounds since he suffered 100% kidney failure. Life today is a lesson in accepting that Louis’ life could be cut short if he does not find a kidney donor. He is too young to go through this. If any of us could trade places with Louis, we would without hesitation.
Louis is looking for a living donor. In Louis’ particular case, a living donor would provide him with the quality of life that he has lost. It will allow him to have the catheters removed from his chest and abdomen and move around freely without the dialysis tube attached to him. We know that time is not on Louis’ side so we are doing everything we can to prolong his life. Living donor transplants generally have better outcomes and can be arranged at a time convenient for both parties. I am compatible with Type O+ blood type. Even if you do not have the same blood type, you can donate as part of a paired exchange program.
Before Louis became so sick, we had always been designated as donors. Never, did we consider that our Son one day would need a kidney donor to live. The most difficult thing about waiting for a viable kidney donor is fear. As parents, if it were possible, we would trade places with Louis now. We can only hope and pray that a blood type O+ will be willing to donate a kidney to save his life
Please review existing Living Donor Benefits/Rights to determine which apply to you. In addition, the American Transplant Foundation has financial assistance available to cover any lost wages while you donate for those who are eligible after donation.
Thank you for considering saving my life.
With deep gratitude, Louis