kidney transplant

Michelle Gilchrist, NFT President

Andy Meek of The Daily News sits down with NFT president, Michelle Gilchrist, to talk about NFT's future expansion plans.  Gilchrist discusses the next chapter for the organization and the rebranding efforts which will lead to NFT becoming more visible in the community.  "The big work we want to be able to do is going to require more than just us doing it. That’s just the reality,” Gilchrist said.

Laura Martin

In 2008, Laura Martin was diagnosed with Goodpasture’s syndrome, an autoimmune disorder that damaged her kidneys.

Maria Iorio

Maria was born with tetralogy of fallot, a heart defect that required open heart surgery at just six days old.

After she recovered from surgery, Maria was able to go home with her parents and lead a relatively normal life while they waited for her to be big enough for the second open heart surgery, which took place when she was 6 months old. Sadly, this was a very difficult and long procedure, after which they didn’t know if she would survive.

Ramon Ortiz

Ramon suffers from renal failure, and doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary. While awaiting his transplant, he endures regular dialysis treatments, which take a toll on his quality of life. Ramon’s pride and joy is his wonderful, large family. He has nine children and seven grandchildren, and he loves spending as much time as possible with them all.

David Coleman

In 1999, David visited his doctor because he thought he had the flu.

He was shocked to learn he was actually suffering from end-stage renal failure, which would eventually require a kidney transplant. The following year, David began regular dialysis treatments, which he endured for nine long years, along with countless doctors’ visits and procedures. Then, in 2006, he received the call that a donor kidney was available, and he rushed to the hospital!

Roger Mims

In 2008, at the age of 36, Roger was rushed to the hospital, and he later awoke in the critical care unit, connected to a machine with his mother Linda praying at his side.

She explained he was suffering from end-stage renal disease due to hypertension. His kidneys had failed. Doctors say a kidney transplant is necessary.

Teddy Reid

At his mom’s 20-week ultrasound, doctors could see there was a problem with Teddy Reid's kidneys, but they couldn’t tell how severe the problem was. When he was just six days old, Teddy’s parents learned he was in kidney failure and would need a kidney transplant. Although he is on the transplant waiting list, he cannot receive his transplant until he gains enough weight to sustain the operation.

JK Lee

In 2010, while on a songwriting trip in New York, JK Lee developed a sudden aortic tear that nearly cost him his life.

May 14, 2012

In 2010, Cindi Love donated a kidney to save the life of a total stranger—and she didn’t think twice about doing it! She first became interested in being an organ donor after watching her nephew Ken suffer from diabetes from a very young age. When she learned Ken needed a kidney transplant, she went through the testing process in hopes of being his donor, but she wasn’t a perfect match.

January 31, 2012

The following article is from The Washington Post:

Tom Brady hopes that Tom Martinez, his personal quarterback coach, can soon find the kidney he needs for a transplant.

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