I'm here because of the kindness of a stranger. Without them becoming a donor I would not be here today. Here’s a little story of my past Here’s a run down Leading up to the transplants. I had CHF (congestive heart failure) which led to Dilated cardiomyopathy due to the Norwalk flu which turned viral in 2004 - [ ] A pacemaker 2006 - [ ] A pacemaker/defibrillator (ICD)2009 - [ ] A 3rd lead ICD 2011 - [ ] An LVAD left ventricle assist device (mechanical heart) heart Mate 2 Aug 2016 - [ ] Kidney failure due to contrast given while having a throat infection (kidneys were approx 50% - [ ] leading to a RID (dailyisis line) also Aug 2016 - [ ] A Heart transplant Jan 2017 - [ ] 9 months in hospital total with 2 weeks outpatient due to internal defib discharging quite frequently. - [ ] Continue to have dialysis to clean blood and remove fluid - [ ] Kidney transplant July 2 2020 100% match from my amazing sister. So I’ve had quite the run but because of 2 donors Iam here today to carry on not only my journey but keep theirs alive as well. Mark B
1 donor could save 8 lives !!
It’s not an easy topic to talk about. Why not have that discussion with your family and leave the gift of life to someone waiting for that life saving transplant instead of taking them with you. Please become an organ donor today.