OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS, WE HAVE BEEN REMINDED THAT LIFE AND HEALTH ARE PRECIOUS AND SHOULD NOT BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED.
As many of you may know, Darrell was diagnosed with kidney failure, a shock that came to us all. We continue to be grateful for our family and friends - and especially his nephrologist, Dr. Stuart, whose straight forward diagnosis and treatment provides direction and inspiration on this new journey. Many are asking questions and what they can do to help or possibly be a live donor. Below is the main information that you need and ongoing updates as we get them. Thank you for considering making this amazing gift of live donation!
P.S. If you or someone you know has blood pressure that runs high, consider contacting a nephrologist like Dr. Stuart right away.
If you are considering the gift of kidney donation, here is what we know:
- Donors can be family members, friends or complete strangers
- The best option, at this time, is for a kidney donor who is a perfect match (blood/tissue) or someone known to us who is not a perfect match but chooses to do the Paired Exchange.
- All health care costs for the donor are covered by our insurance (including any blood tests required to see if one is a match)
- Our niece Becca donated her kidney to her aunt three years ago and Becca has continued her healthy active lifestyle without any issues. Becca is willing to talk with anyone interested in knowing more about what it was like for her as a kidney donor. (We can put you in touch with her!)