KIDNEY STORIES: KIDNEY FOR KIM

 
 
 
 

 

Kim was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when she was 16. She struggled and fought with this disease for over 20 years until the disease took over and her kidneys stopped functioning.

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Kim was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease when she was 16. She struggled and fought with this disease for over 20 years until the disease took over and her kidneys stopped functioning.  Midway through 2008, the doctors decided it was time for her to begin preparing for a transplant.  As soon as the doctors gave the green light for people to start testing, Kim’s sister, Sara, stepped up, and… without a second thought, was the first person tested.  She was a match.  Being able to witness this loving, life-saving act from Sara was truly inspirational.  The fact that she was an almost perfect match was truly amazing because Kim and Sara are not blood related, not that anyone could ever tell from being around them.   In November of 2008 the doctors took out both of Kim’s kidneys, which were each the size of NFL footballs.  A few weeks later Kim received the gift of life from her sister.  In September of 2011, Kim’s transplant needed to be removed due to complications. As of right now, she has no kidneys and goes to dialysis three nights a week and a machine that is currently keeping her alive.  Now, Kim needs a kidney, again to stay alive…. this is her journey.
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