We are three friends helping to find a kidney for our friend Sarah. And along the lines do our share in spreading awareness and education for the community
Our friend Sarah is a friendly, happy and highly driven young woman. In 2010, while in grad school, she was diagnosed with kidney failure. The doctors stated that both kidneys had failed, and because of the state of the kidneys, it was too late to determine the exact cause of the failure.  However,  Sarah also has Sickle-Cell Anemia, a  blood disease that also has been having a devastating effect …on her condition. She has been on hemo-dialysis and is in dire need of a kidney donor. She goes to dialysis 3x a week for about 4hrs, is on 10 different medications at the moment, and has unfortunately, had to stop working in order to be able to continue under her plan of care. She is currently listed on the national organ-sharing waiting list; however that can take up to 10yrs in the state of California, depending on the patient. Being the oldest of six children (therefore, making her siblings too young to donate), and not having enough family members here in the US, she has found herself with no donors. In order to help save her life, we are starting an effort using social-media to aid the search for a donor, as well as starting a fundraiser to help with the medical costs. She has a blood-type of A+, and can receive from anyone with an A, O, or AB blood type. We are pleading for the public to please help get her off dialysis in order to get her life back. Only one kidney is needed, and a normal, healthy person only requires one kidney to live a long healthy life.   “A good living donor candidate is someone 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 70 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. Living donors can live in any state, and it is important to know that all medicals costs are covered by the recipient’s health insurance.” And there are programs that will help cover travel costs associated with the transplant. If interested in testing to see if you could possibly be a match, pls inbox or contact:   Sandra Heisterkamp/ Alejandra Munoz – UCSD Center for Transplantation 619-574-8612 Patient: Sarah O. Umarhabib If you do not meet the criteria for a donor, you can still help by kindly donating whatever you can afford to:   Thank you all, and may God bless you…Feel free to hit the “Like” and “Share” button! The more people we reach, the better our chances of helping Sarah. “An average of 18 people die each day from the lack of available organs for transplant.”- DonateLife America

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