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Thursday, August 18, 2005

"Kidneys are the new black"

John had his regular, every-3-month kidney check up last week. Things are stable. A little review of his four kidneys: the original two were destroyed by focal segmental glomerulosclerosis,he was diagnosed at age 7 with the disease. He had a transplant from a living donor (his brother) at age 18. He immediately had an episode of rejection and then infection, got through it, only to have that kidney taken over by the disease. It was too good of a match. He was on dialysis for 3.5 years, and then had a cadaveric transplant in 1992. This one is still functioning at about 1/3 normal capacity. So, he has 4 kidneys, but only one sorta works. He will likely need another transplant. When he got the last one, he waited at the top of the waiting list for a kidney for 3.5 years. Now, the average wait for a kidney is 8-9 years. That is a long time on dialysis. I saw an article Steven Cojocaru, fashion guru, who is in need of a second transplant. He plans on being very public about the need for organ donation:
Cojocaru says he's "determined" to get another kidney and is trying to "help make donating kidneys the new, trendy, hot thing to do. Hotter than buying a house in Malibu." "Kidneys are the new black!" he joked.
CNN on Cojocaru

1 Comments:

  • At 8/23/2005 08:51:00 AM, Blogger Cait said…

    I've never understood why anyone wouldn't donate an organ. Why would anyone choose not to help others live?

     

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