Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Georgian seeking strangers for a kidney..how you can help.

I heard the story of a man on Fox 5 news (in Atlanta GA) this afternoon in need of a kidney.  How you can help. Larry Miller is a man on a mission.  He is looking for a stranger who is willing to be a living kidney donor.  He is a 79 year old marine veteran who now needs someone's help.  His kidneys are damaged by medications, he's lost about 8% of his kidney function, and he is praying he doesn't need to go on kidney dialysis.  So he and his wife are getting the word out that they need help. 
Miller said'" he asked them if they will not, if they're not in a position to offer a kidney, please pray for him.  So one way or another, he feels that he's going to get a kidney donor."  He is at Emory Hospital, so if you or someone you know might want to help him please call Emory Hospital and ask to speak to a transplant coordinator.

My husband is a living kidney donor.  He donated on June 26, 2013.  He said he would do it again if he could.  In the beginning of all this he got curious and wanted to bless someone, so he found out everything he would have to do to see if he was healthy enough to donate.  He had all kinds of test ran, blood drawn, and x-rays.  Everything came back normal.  The step after all that was to find a recipient a match.  After a few potential matches didn't match 100% we got a call about a woman who needed a kidney and my husband was to do more blood work because matching this woman was like finding a needle in a haystack.  Everything matched, and on June 26 2013 my husband donated his kidney, and the kidney was flown to Michigan and the woman received her blessing the same day his kidney was removed.  She and new kidney is doing good.   My husband is doing great.  He experienced a lot of pain afterwards but that's to be expectant, it was a major surgery.  Then came the gas pain which I don't think he expected to be as bad as it was.  But day by day he got to feeling better. 

If this touches your heart and you feel like you would like to help Mr. Miller or anybody else in need of a kidney, contact a transplant coordinator in your area.

There are just over 3,500 Georgians are caught up in a medical waiting game.  They need a kidney, but don't have a donor.


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