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Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:58 PM

Anyone in Oregon with a spare kidney?


Found on the Miss R•EVOLutionaries Facebook page

"Earl Martinez is a 28-year-old Oregonian suffering from Alport Syndrome, a genetic kidney disorder that has forced him to undergo dialysis treatments for the past year and a half. In order to survive, he needs a new kidney, but the hereditary nature of his disease makes it impossible for his family to provide it. So, after waiting on a transplant list for over a year, Martinez has taken a more active role in addressing his medical needs — by begging for a kidney donor on the side of an Oregon road"
Money is no obstacle for Martinez, who has health insurance. “My insurance would cover all medical costs on my side and the donor’s side,” Martinez told local CBS affiliate KOIN. “The donor would have no medical costs at all.”


http://thinkprogress.org/health/2013/01/23/1483691/oregon-man-begs-for-kidney/

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Playinghardball Jan 2013 OP
pipoman Jan 2013 #1
BainsBane Jan 2013 #2
REP Jan 2013 #3
longship Jan 2013 #4
hedda_foil Jan 2013 #5
ohheckyeah Jan 2013 #6

Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:05 PM

1. This might work..

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:07 PM

2. I work with a woman who acted as a kidney donor

to a complete stranger. What an amazing soul she has. I hope Mr. Martinez can find a donor.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:13 PM

3. He's at risk of Alport anti-GBM disease from transplant

The linked article is terrible. Untreated high blood pressure and diabetes have long been the the #1 and #2 causes of ESRD, long before the obesity "crisis." Not only does it fail to mention those things, it doesn't give his blood type; if he's B-, he's got a snowball's chance in hell of getting a tx (slightly better if he's O-) and if he's unmarried and childless, he's been given a low priority by UNOS. The obesity "crisis" has little to do with having a blood type shared with a tiny fraction if the populace ( B -) or how UNOS ranks people by reproductive status and disease, etc.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:47 PM

4. Somebody with good Net access help this guy.

There ought to be Net resources for this.

Like Match.com or Christianmingle.com, but unlike them, this would do good. Everybody has two kidneys. If mine weren't so fucked up with stones every seven years, I would donate one of mine to save a life. Alas, I am a poor candidate.

But this guy is using social networking of a somewhat crude nature. Kudos to him. I wish him luck.

Kidney transplants are very successful. Go for it, guy.

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Response to longship (Reply #4)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 11:59 PM

5. There is a donor site like that.

It's been advertised on Chicago's progressive talk radio WCPT. I can't recall its name,but it should be findable via google.

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Response to Playinghardball (Original post)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 12:03 AM

6. My husband has first dibs on my

2nd kidney. He only has one.

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