Eight-year-old Alex Zwakman will soon need a kidney transplant. His parents were told they’re incompatible to donate to him, but the National Kidney Registry’s Voucher Program allowed his father to help.
The ball caps say donate life. The smiles say “let’s make a difference.” Newschannel 11 was there as a small group gathered outside University Medical Center today. Their mission? To launch an adventure they hope will save more lives.
There were several factors that influenced Jorge Losch’s decision to become a living organ donor. He was inspired by his wife, Sara, who wanted to donate an organ but wasn’t able to due to health reasons, and he has two loved ones who received life-saving liver transplants.
Victoria Maurizo came across a post in the Facebook group “EJ’s Journey to a New Kidney” by his determined mother searching for a type O kidney for her seven-year-old son, EJ. She decided to become his donor.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 100,000 people are currently waiting for a kidney transplant. Springfield resident Rob Haupt is all too familiar with that statistic. He’s hoping that someone who reads this story, or hears about his situation, will consider becoming a living kidney donor. Because his life could depend on it.
Tom Duncan, a 74-year-old grandfather, donated a kidney to someone he has never met, in an effort to save a life. “If I had it to do over again, I wouldn’t have waited so long,” said Duncan.
Nearly 1 in 7 U.S. adults have chronic kidney disease that may require a kidney transplant. In South Florida, Memorial Transplant Institute is on the front lines, treating kidney disease and increasing positive outcomes for patients in need of life-saving transplants.
Kari Rancourt, a transplant coordinator at Hartford Hospital, recently became a patient herself. Rancourt, who has worked at the hospital since 2006, became a donor, giving one of her kidneys to an 11-year-old in Minnesota.
After joining the ranks of kidney donor with her spouse, Lynn Scotch will team up with her husband, Mark, as the pair gear up to hit the road again to raise awareness on the ease and necessity of live-organ donation.
Randy Weber was one of the youngest Olympians back when he competed. Decades later, transplant pros, a friend who had served in the Marines and Randy’s teacher-brother all teamed up to save the skier’s life.