一人のお父さんがソーシャルメディアで返信した見知らぬ人から腎臓の寄付を受け取る, ノースカロライナ州, 範囲, 一人のお父さんがソーシャルメディアで返信した見知らぬ人から腎臓の寄付を受け取る. 一人のお父さんがソーシャルメディアで返信した見知らぬ人から腎臓の寄付を受け取る, 46, は single father of two children. Sanders has been living with a very rare genetic condition called uromodulin kidney disease (UKD); his kidneys were slowly failing over time, eventually resulting in his need for dialysis for life — or a kidney transplant.
Sanders decided to search for a kidney donor through a website he created. He shared the info on social media.
And that’s when Chris Perez, 40, a complete stranger, answered the call and ended up being a perfect match.
Despite his condition, Sanders is an otherwise healthy and “extremely active” father of two. He goes to the gym regularly and loves riding his mountain bike, 彼はフォックスニュースデジタルに語った.
しかしながら, doctors continued to keep an eye on his kidney function, which was slowly declining over time.
“I did not want to go on dialysis … If you go on dialysis, it’s really taxing on your body.”
“We were beginning to have conversations a few years ago about, 上手, ‘You may need to think about a transplant if these numbers continue to go down — or dialysis,’” サンダースは言った, recounting one of his doctor’s comments.
“I did not want to go on dialysis … as an active father of two young kids,” Sanders continued.
“If you go on dialysis, it’s really taxing on your body.”
Sanders said he spoke to people who have been through dialysis; they said they were “wiped out” every time they went for dialysis.
“To hear how it has impacted their quality of life, that was frightening for me,” サンダースは言った.
それが理由です, about a year and a half ago, he decided to focus on finding a kidney donor.
Sanders said he created a website and started posting his story on social media in the hope that someone would get tested and be a match for him.
He said his posts began getting attention. 少なくとも 26 people started submitting paperwork to become donors; but nothing was coming through. Either people weren’t matches — or they stopped the process early.
“I don’t fault them for that,” サンダースは言った. “I completely understand.”
それでも, Sanders became disheartened and frustrated that nothing seemed to be working out.
“I was just thinking, 'OK, what am I going to have to do and am I going to have to start coming to terms with the potential for dialysis at some point?’” Sanders told Fox News Digital.
It never got to that point, でも. 遅くに 2021, Sanders got the news that he had an approved donor.
‘Somebody willing to give me a chance’
“It was a total relief,” Sanders said when he heard the news. “I was happy that somebody was willing to give me a chance.”
Chris Perez heard about Steve Sanders through his wife in July 2021. One of her co-workers had shared Sanders’ story on social media; she passed it along to Perez.
Just by chance, Perez was working as director of volunteer services at Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center. It’s precisely where his and Sanders’ surgeries would take place.
“Here’s this serious health issue that you can’t control and is no fault of your own, yet could severely impact your quality of life and your ability to see your kids grow up.”
Perez told Fox News Digital that his wife asked him if he would consider donating a kidney. He thought, “承知しました, なぜだめですか?”
A week later, she followed up with him about filling out his paperwork, so Perez started to look more deeply into the process, including the potential health and safety risks and what his quality of life would be after donating a kidney.
“I started really doing my homework,” ペレスは言った.
“Once I felt satisfied with what I found, I downloaded the paperwork and I sent it in,” ペレスは言った. “And then a couple of weeks later, they contacted me to start the process.”