Teena was diagnosed with Adult Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD) at the age of 15 and is currently searching for a living kidney donor to prolong her life.
What is PKD? PKD is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys, causing your kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time. Having many cysts or large cysts can damage your kidneys. Some complications that come with this disease is it interferes with the ability to keep wastes from building to toxic levels in the kidney, elevating blood pressure and ongoing kidney dialysis or a transplant to prolong life. She has been able to manage these complications through medications since the age of 21.
However, the disease has progressed aggressively in recent months leaving her with just 10% kidney function. Teena is now in dire need of a new kidney so she can go through a day without being nauseous, fatigued, and the stress of keeping up with being a wife, mother, real estate agent, and worship leader. She is a candidate to receive a living kidney and awaiting a match. Teena is also apart of Kidney Paired Donation. Her husband, a 23-year active duty sailor in the US Navy, along with her three sons - Hunter, Noah, and Gavin - wait alongside her to find a match/ donor.
This is where we need YOUR help. The current wait time for a cadaver kidney is five years. Teena's doctors would like to perform the transplant as soon as possible. It's best to do it now, while she is still relatively healthy and strong enough to endure all that comes with receiving a new organ.
Not Local? Not a problem! The surgery can be performed at ANY major hospital near you. Also, don't let finances be a deterrent. Teena's insurance pays for 100% of the cost of surgery for the donor. The typical recuperation time is only 4-6 weeks. You will be back to your life in no time, knowing you helped save someone else's.
For more information on Kidney Paired Donation click on the KPD button and for more about Kidney Polycystic Disease click on the PKD button below.
Please continue to keep Teena and her family in your prayers as she awaits the gift of life.