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Widow, Rosemarie (DeCamp) Meuse, seeking a kidney donor. Husband died suddenly prior to testing
Perhaps your loved one received a kidney in which you were not a match? Could you be a match for Rosemarie?
As Rosemarie explains, "Philip was the love of my life, and I am so heartbroken. (We both just retired in January.) Philip was an optician in the Boston area for many years and a Navy veteran. My family has a genetic kidney disease, Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), and last year my brother Robert donated one of his kidneys to my brother Gene. (Robert is the only person in my immediate family without this genetic kidney disease.) Both Gene and Robert are doing very well. If you should have any questions about the process, my brothers Gene and Robert would also be happy to discuss the process with you. "
Dialysis is only a temporary solution. While someone can remain on dialysis for many years, it is not a cure and it is time consuming with treatments as frequent as three times a week for four hours each time. Transplantation from a deceased donor is a preferred alternative, but the number of donated organs is not keeping up with demand.
There are several reasons why living kidney donation is an important consideration:
Transplantation has been shown to be less costly than dialysis over the long run.
The waiting time for a transplant recipient can be significantly reduced.
The procedure can be scheduled at a time convenient for both the donor and recipient. The quality of the donated organ tends to be superior to organs from deceased donors.
All of these factors have yielded positive results for recipients. There is less rejection and lower doses of anti-rejection drugs. The transplanted kidney, or "graft," has better odds of surviving if from a living donor. In 1995, a new surgical procedure using laparoscopic techniques to procure the kidney from the donor was pioneered. This less invasive procedure, called "laparoscopic nephrectomy,"
Rosemarie further adds, "There is no cost to the donor. All expenses are paid by my insurance. Any travel expenses and other related expenses including loss of work time will be paid by me. Anyone in general good health without diabetes could become a kidney donor. All tests may be performed at your local medical center at no cost to the donor. Please consider donating a kidney for me. Each day 18 people die waiting for a kidney transplant. There are 120,000 people waiting for a kidney transplant. Thank you so much for your kind consideration. I would be so grateful to you, and it would mean so much to me and my family."
More information may be obtained confidentially by contacting the Living Donor Transplant Coordinator, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston, at 617-732-6866.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital has one of the highest success rates for kidney transplants in the world. The first kidney transplant was performed there, and people come to Brigham and
Women’s Hospital from all over the world. Both donor and recipient would be in the very best of hands. Please consider donating a kidney. You could be saving her life!
Give the gift of saving a life. Consider donating your kidney for Rosemarie.
To contact Rosemarie (DeCamp) Meuse please phone her at 603-216-1338.