Ap­peal for kid­ney donor on win­dow pays off

The China Post - - INTERNATIONAL -

A Maine woman’s de­ci­sion to seek a kid­ney donor by putting a per­sonal plea in bright yel­low let­ters on her car has paid off.

Christine Royles, who suf­fered kid­ney fail­ure be­cause of an au­toim­mune dis­ease, went on the na­tional wait­ing list to find a donor, but de­cided to take mat­ters into her own hands.

The 24-year-old wait­ress and mother of a 2-year-old boy painted an ap­peal on her car’s rear win­dow, along with a phone num­ber, ac­cord­ing to the Port­land Press Her­ald.

Josh Dall-Leighton, a 30-year-old cor­rec­tions of­fi­cer and a fa­ther of three, saw the mes­sage dur­ing an out­ing with his fam­ily. “I just looked at my wife and said, “I have to try,’” he said.

Af­ter learn­ing he was a po­ten­tial match, the two met face to face last week. Fi­nal testing should be com­pleted in a few weeks, and surgery is ten­ta­tively sched­uled for May.

Peo­ple in need of an or­gan trans­plant are in­creas­ingly ex­pand­ing their search be­yond the na­tional donor list and fam­ily mem­bers and friends, said Sean Roach, spokes- man for the Na­tional Kid­ney Foun­da­tion.

“We see peo­ple us­ing so­cial me­dial or putting ads out for al­tru­is­tic donors,” Roach said. “It takes a lot of courage to put your­self out there like that.”

Although hu­mans are born with two kid­neys, it’s pos­si­ble to func­tion just fine with only one of the or­gans, which fil­ter waste from blood, said Jen Dal­ton, the clin­i­cal co­or­di­na­tor at Maine Nephrol­ogy As­so­ciates. But donors need to be tested reg­u­larly for kid­ney func­tion and watch their weight and blood pres­sure.

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