I am a 50 year old single father of two wonderful boys. I am in pretty good health except I have PKD, Polycystic Kidney Disease which is genetic. I am in need of a new Kidney. My blood type is O+ and I am compatible with O+ or O-.
Polycystic means “many fluid-filled sacs” or “many cysts”. Polycystic kidney disease (PKD) is a genetic disorder that causes multiple cysts to form in the kidneys. Polycystic kidneys become very large, have a bumpy surface and contain many fluid-filled cysts.
I have a GFR of 15 which means 15% remaining function of my two kidneys which is stage five renal failure. There is no stage six. At this point I must find a donor or prepare to go on Dialysis. Once on Dialysis you go onto the Kidney waiting list which is 4-7 years depending on your blood type.
Dialysis is a machine that filters your blood for you, 3-4 times a week, 4-6 hours a day. Many, many people are on dialysis everyday and many die waiting for a Kidney. They say the outcome is better for patients who receive a transplant before starting Dialysis. It is a chance for a relatively normal life.
Becoming a Live Donor – SHARE YOUR SPARE
Everyone has two kidneys, a healthy person can function with one healthy kidney just as normal as two. Being a live donor is a huge commitment, you will be poked, prodded, tested and even then we may not be compatible.
Below are links that provide information on the Kidney Transplant Process and Becoming a Live Donor. If you wish to think about becoming a live donor for me, or maybe know of someone who might, please contact Vancouver General Hospital.
Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program 5th Floor,
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
2775 Laurel Street Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Phone: 604-875-5182 Fax: 604-875-5236 Toll Free: 1-855-875-5182
If you have any questions please email me at anytime.
Video Explaining the Transplant Process
Living Donor Kidney Program Brochure
Larry Donates a Kidney!
Heard Urine Need of a Kidney