WHY ED NEEDS A KIDNEY
Ed was born with one kidney. It wasn't discovered until he was 63 years old because it was shaped like a horseshoe. He also has type 2 Diabetes which is a contributor to his kidney disease. In 2015, Ed had triple bypass surgery. Now he has stage 5 or ESRD - End Stage Renal Disease. He goes for dialysis three times a week. Now 68, he retired at age 55 because he didn't have the energy to continue working.
"The fatigue is like nothing I've experienced. Unlike, athletic fatigue from which you can rebound, this fatigue is all encompassing and debilitating. It's life altering," Ed explains.
Ed is currently listed with New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. The wait list is 8-10 years. He's been on the list since 2016.
HOW IT FEELS TO HAVE END STAGE KIDNEY DISEASE
Dialysis is not a cure or replacement for a kidney. Dialysis treatment restores one to 15% of a normal, healthy kidney's function. There are also side complications. The effect of Dialysis treatment is the equivalent of running a marathon. The long range impact is damaging to the cardiovascular system and compromises the immune system. Symptoms include: debilitating fatigue and exhaustion, nausea, gastrointestinal issues, loss of appetite,
muscle cramping, sleep disturbances, and social isolation. Normal activities of daily living are impacted such as climbing stairs, walking, and hyper sensitivity to changes in weather, especially sensitivity to heat. This makes living challenging.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Ed needs a live kidney donor who ideally has type O blood.
Other blood types do not disqualify a donor because transplant centers engage in SWAPS. A non-matching donor for Ed, would donate their kidney to someone else which would move Ed to the top of the list.
To Be a Donor: Contact Renewal at R23881@renewal.org