Dear friends and family-
As many of you know I am searching for a kidney. I was first diagnosed with Kidney Disease in 1987 while in my late twenties. Through medications and proper care my native kidneys functioned up until 2003 when I first began dialysis treatment. I was on the cadaver kidney waiting list for several years when I finally received a cadaver kidney transplant in January 2005.
Although that kidney began to fail early on I was blessed to have it function beyond what was anticipated. It lasted almost
10 years, made me feel normal and healthy and kept me from dialysis for a few years.
I've now been on the waiting list for a second time for another cadaver kidney since 2010 and began daily dialysis treatment in 2014.
Upon the urging of my doctors, friends and family I'm now expanding my kidney search for a Living Donor.
A Living Donor Kidney is optimal for several reasons.
It typically lasts much longer than a cadaver kidney and the surgery can be scheduled conveniently.
Most people don't know that the average person
can function normally with only 10% of one kidney and almost everyone has two kidneys. So, most folks have more than enough kidney function to begin with.
Recovery time for the donor is short. New technological surgical procedures allow for a much smaller incision through Laparoscopy enabling faster healing and low risk to the donor. A typical stay in the hospital can be 2-3 days and back to work in a couple of weeks in most cases.
Should you have an interest in becoming a Living Kidney Donor please bear in mind you don't even have to match my blood type. There is also a Matched Pairing Program to enable this.
My hopes and prayers are that a Living Donor will come forward to provide this precious gift of life and restore me back to good health.
To learn more about how you can become a Living Kidney Donor, please make a confidential telephone call to the Living
Donor Transplant Team at Emory University Hospital:855-366-7989. Tell them you are interested in donating a kidney to Howard Ripley.
I want you to know how much I appreciate your continued prayers and support. Please feel free to share my story and FB page with others.
Many Thanks and Blessings,