Can you spare a kidney? Please follow me on a journey to find a kidney donor. Click “About” to read my story.
My name is Nathan Siriraksasit and I am 36 years old. I have been diagnosed with ESRD (End Stage Renal Disease) at the age of 22 and have been on dialysis since then. I have had one kidney transplant back in November 2001 that lasted until March 2007. This page is to help me find a kidney donor. Please share this page, even if we don’t find a match for me, we can help someone else. I am on dialysis 3 times a week for 3 hours 45 minutes hours each time and also try to held a full-time job. There are many things and places I want to do and see but being on dialysis is limited me from doing them.
I am listed for a transplant but without a living donor I could wait for many years. I am blood type AB that means I can match up with any blood type donor. The statistics are depressing: more than 90,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for kidney transplants. The list grows by nearly 7,000 patients a year. Fewer than 17,000 kidneys are transplanted annually. Rejection of the original kidney transplant produced fighting antibodies. These antibodies have now made me sensitized to certain donors – making it difficult to find a match. It is now necessary to find a pool of eligible living donors to increase my matching odds.
A living donor candidate is a person who is healthy, well-informed and makes a voluntary decision to donate one of their kidneys. Living donors must be over 18 and usually under 60 years of age. They must be in good general health, a non-smoker, with no evidence of significant high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease or hepatitis.
I live in Las Vegas, Nevada but a donor can be from anywhere in United States. It is important to know that all medicals costs are covered by my health insurance. The surgery usually takes about 3-4 hours and the donor usually leave the hospital after 3 days and go back to work after a week. As you might imagine, donating life to another is a remarkable gift that takes a great deal of thought that can only be obtained by being well informed.
For more info about being tested to become a donor please contact Julie at UMC Transplantation Center at 702-383-2224. Or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org – Thank you!
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