How a Woman Found Her Kidney Donor on Reddit

kaylaJennifer Moss is not your typical Reddit user. Every week, the 33-year-old utility company analyst from Marietta, Ga., reads posts on the social news site Reddit to see if she can help people who say they are in need. A father says he can’t afford to take his son on a trip? She sends him gas money via Paypal. A pregnant mom says she ran out of food stamps to buy vegetables? She sends her a gift card to a produce company. “Just because I never met them, doesn’t make them any less in need,” Moss said.  READ MORE>>

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10-year-old with kidney disease is police chief for a day

MakeAWish10-year-old boy suffering from chronic kidney disease had one of his wishes fulfilled on Thursday when he was made the police commissioner of the Rajasthan capital for the day.

Thanks to the Make A Wish Foundation of India and the Rajasthan Police, Girish Sharma – who is battling a life-threatening kidney illness – was able to fulfill his wish to sit on the chair of the police commissioner.  READ MORE>>

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Man undergoes heart and kidney transplants

GloverA Contra Costa (California) County supervisor underwent surgery Wednesday after roughly two months of waiting for a heart and kidney transplant, according to his staff.

District 5 Supervisor Federal Glover checked himself into the University of California at San Francisco Medical Center on Feb. 26 to finish tests before his physicians could determine if he was eligible for a transplant.

After eight weeks of waiting, Glover received word that a match was available and went into surgery around 2:20 a.m., his chief of staff David Fraser said.  READ MORE>>

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Hospital refuses kidney transplant without explanation

MarkMark Politte has gone from starter on the LSU-Shreveport men’s basketball team to stage five kidney failure in a year’s time.

“I was playing with kidney failure for like a month,” said Politte.

He was diagnosed with stage five kidney failure on February 24, 2014. Politte says he knew something was wrong about a month before his diagnosis.

“I thought it was an allergic reaction at first,” he said. “I would get real swollen. I was like 180 pounds, between 180-185 my entire playing career and then all of a sudden I was 215.”  READ MORE>>

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Woman pays it forward, saves stranger’s life

SamanthaOne good deed begets another, at least that’s how Samantha Carlson saw it.

A clerical worker at Allegiance Health in Jackson, Carlson watched every day as patients came in and out for dialysis, coping with the effects of kidney failure.

“It’s heartbreaking to see them,” said Carlson, 29, of Saline. “I’ve seen people come in to get emergency dialysis that probably don’t have much longer to live, that don’t have the transplant option.”  READ MORE>>

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Fort Bragg marathon runner donates kidney to soldier

Shauna Dool, Living Kidney Donor

Shauna Dool, Living Kidney Donor

Sgt. Maj. Miguel Filpo needed a kidney. His life depended on it.

Injured in Iraq in 2008, his organs had finally failed him in 2013, forcing the 22-year veteran to undergo four hours of dialysis a day.

And yet, the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill was turning his two sisters away.

For Filpo, his sisters were his hope. They were his best chance at finding a kidney that matched.  READ MORE>>

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A few minutes with … a woman with a 100-year-old kidney

AngieAngie Done is 66, but part of her is much older.

When she was a young woman, Done’s kidneys failed. She received a new kidney from a 58-year-old donor. The transplant at Detroit’s Mt. Carmel Mercy Hospital in 1974 went very well.

The donor died years later, at 76. But his kidney lives on inside Done.

That kidney lives on, and on, and on. It just hit the century mark, and is still getting a thumbs-up from her doctors at Beaumont Health Systems.  READ MORE>>

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From Ronald McDonald House to his house: Taylum coming home

TaylumA toddler born in Sudbury who lived most of his short life at a Ronald MCDonald House will soon receive a kidney transplant that should allow him to live at home.

Taylum Lamoureux was born April 10, 2013 with polycistic kidney disease, which causes large cysts to grow on both his kidneys.

He had to be airlifted to Toronto immediately because his kidneys were on the verge of failing.

Doctors removed one of his kidneys after five weeks, and the second after 10.
Since then, he has needed to go on hemodialysis — a treatment not offered in Sudbury for infants — six days a week.  READ MORE>>

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How a baby’s kidney saved life of a transplant patient

TheJessEvans parents of a Britain’s youngest organ donor have told how they made the brave but heartbreaking decision to donate their son’s kidneys when he died after living for just 100 minutes.

Jess Evans was 12 weeks’ pregnant with twins when she was told one of the sons she was carrying had a rare and fatal condition which prevents the brain and skull developing.  READ MORE>>

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Newlywed faces unexpected kidney transplant

NykiBridesmaids. A dad walking his daughter down a Waupaca church aisle. A pair of Sun Drop soda bottles hoisted toward the camera at the reception in Manawa.

“Here’s a good one,” Nyke Block said looking through the album of her October wedding. “That’s his mom. Here’s my mom. That’s my dad. That’s his dad. That’s my brother.”

The page flips. Images unfold, much like the lives of Nyke and Will Block. They’d started dating when she was a senior and he was a junior in high school. Their relationship progressed to marriage and dreams of starting a family — until a routine medical screening interrupted their plans.  READ MORE>>

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