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Can Fibro Patient Donate Kidney?
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admoneat posted:
Need a DOCTOR'S ADVICE! My friend needs a kidney transplant, but before i go thru the screening process, I thought I'd check on whether there were any restrictions on Fibro patients donating organs. I suspect that my recovery time would be much longer than a healthy person, but beyond that, are there any reasons I cannot donate my kidney? It's really the only organ that's never given me any trouble Thank you in advance for any help you can give me. ~admoneat
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jrae922 responded:
Hi there,

I donated my kidney to my cousin in 2004. There is a lot of screening that you have to go through before the team of doctors decide if you are a good candidate (besdies the blood work, you go through a complete medical and psychiatic workup).

I would never say that I regret my decision but there was a lot more to the process than just some time healing from the surgery. It does take longer for the donor to heal (even without the FM) and there is more pain. I experienced a bout of depression after the operation and it was really hard when my cousin eventually passed away.

Your FM is a factor but it doesn't mean that you aren't a good candidate. I will be happy to speak with you more about it one on one if you like.

Take care,
Jessie
 
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admoneat replied to jrae922's response:
Jessica,

Thank you for your quick reply, and your story. Unfortunately, it seems that my willingness to help my friend, has stalled before it even got started.. Amazingly enough, at the age of 47, I realize I have no idea what my blood type is. I don't have insurance or any funds to get my blood "typed", and the free clinic I go to is really not eager to spend money typing my blood. UCLA requires that you at least know your blood type to even fill out the first application.

I'm sorry for the loss of your cousin, but you really did give the most precious gift.

~admoneat


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