This family was so loving and supportive of one another. The father has already received his life saving kidney from a stranger years ago and now we hope the same thing will happen for Ora. Latoya, her daughter seen holding the sign is, the one who reached out to me and she works at Piedmont Hospital. She knows all to well how hard this process is and she hopes we can help her mother regain her life as a mother and a grandmother.
"This is probably the most difficult letter I've written. You see, my mom (Ora) is in need of a kidney.
She's been on the kidney transplant waiting list three years now. About a year and half ago, she had to start dialysis, she does it 7 days a week at home. She is hooked up to the machine for eight hours every night. She is often very tired. Being on dialysis is physically and emotionally draining. Aside from her kidneys she is in good health. She was very active in our community, volunteering at her old job at the local school. I' am trying to donate but they wanted me to lose some weight and I have been trying for a year and a half and still haven't lost enough but I not going to give up. She has had other offers to be tested to donate -- but several were ruled out for health reasons.
I am pursuing a living donor for her for three main reasons, (but there are many others,) kidneys from living donors last, on average, twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors, the waiting list for a deceased donor kidney could be more than 5 years, and because she has to see her only grandchild grow up . Most people can donate who don't have high blood pressure, cardiac problems or some other medical condition.
Here's some basic information about kidney donation:We are born with an extra kidney -- you only need one to live a full, healthy, long life.
The majority of the donor surgery is done laproscopically, with tiny incisions.
The recuperation period is generally 2 weeks for those with a desk job and 6 weeks for those whose job entails heavy lifting.
The surgery would be done at a hospital that has some of the best surgeons in the country.
All medical expenses would be paid by her insurance benefits.
Most donors say if they had another extra kidney they would donate again in a heartbeat and that it is one of the best experiences of their life.
Would you please consider giving the Gift of Love,Hope, and Life? Please call me and I will give you any more information that will help you make a well-informed decision. Or, if you would like to explore this in more detail , you can call the Piedmont Hospital and ask for LeAnn Whitehead, her Transplant Coordinator@404-605-4605. You could let them know about your interest in being a living donor for my mom (ORA GOODEN)
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Thanks for your support and concern."