THS Staff Member Needs Kidney Donation

A special message from Trinity Administrative Assistant for Marketing, Melanie Hughes. (Many of you would have gotten to know Melanie as you and your sons began to explore Trinity.) 

Some of you know that I had acute kidney failure in March. Doctors have determined that my kidneys are not going to rebound and can’t keep me alive. My options now are limited to dialysis or a kidney transplant.

I am getting dialysis treatments three times a week for three and a half hours at a time. I recently had surgery so that I can try and do this at home. My training starts next week. A transplant offers me more freedom and a longer, healthier, NORMAL life. I want more time to do the things that I enjoy the most with my family and friends. We will have three boys in college this fall and a senior in high school. I still have a few things left to do.

Finding a kidney for myself is not easy. There are 100,000+ waiting for a deceased donor. The average life expectancy is five to 10 years on dialysis. The average wait time can be five years or more. Time is not on my side. There is another option: receiving a kidney from a living donor.

Finding a living donor is difficult but greatly improves my chances of getting a transplant. A living kidney has the potential to last the rest of my life. You might not know a lot about living donation. I didn’t know anything before this happened. Here are some basics:

– You only need one kidney to live a healthy life.

– Most donor surgery is done laparoscopically.

– The recuperation time is two to three weeks.

– The cost of your evaluation is covered by my insurance.

– You will have a separate team of healthcare professionals to look out for your best interests.

If donating is something that you might consider feel free to contact me or call 513-584-7001, “option 4.” I am hopeful that this somehow helps me to receive a kidney sooner. I know that living donation is not right for everyone – but you can still help! Consider signing the back of your driver’s license to be an organ donor and help me by sharing my story with everyone that you know. Thanks for reading!

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