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Kidney Needed -- Life for Ranjan: An Appeal

A longtime Grafton resident has Polysystic Kidney Desease (PKD) and needs a kidney transplant. If she does not get one in the next 3 to 6 months, she will have to start dialysis.

My name is Ranjan. I have been a Grafton resident for over 30 years. I have decreasing kidney function for the past several years and now my kidneys are failing. There is only one cure for this disease, a kidney donated by a healthy person. For the past 3 years I have been listed on the national list to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. If I rely on the waiting list to receive a kidney from a deceased donor, it could take additional 5 to 6 years. I don’t have that much time.

Last October (2013), a wonderful person from Westboro contacted me and told me that she is willing and ready to donate one of her kidneys. We both went through complete testing at Mass General Hospital (MGH). We were both so excited. Few weeks later they gave us bad news, saying we are not compatible match. So, while my search for a compatible donor continues, we are also listed through MGH for "Paired Exchange Donor Program" whereby incompatible donors/recipients like us are cross-matched for compatibility. This is my last hope and if I don’t find a compatible living donor soon, starting kidney dialysis is my only option. Dialysis does not cure kidney failure; it’s only a temporary life support system.

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I am scared of undergoing the painful dialysis treatment 3 times a week (4 to 5 hours each).

I have type AB+ blood group which is universal recipient and that means a kidney donor from practically any blood group (O-/ O+/ B-/B+/A-/A+/AB-/AB+) would match. 

It is hard for me to make this appeal. However, I do believe that in times of crisis, people step up with incredible acts of compassion, generosity and caring. All I need is one special person for me to live.

I know that in times of crisis, people perform incredible acts of compassion, generosity and caring. All I need is one special person to say “yes”. It is important to know that there could be practically no cost to the donor. Everything will be covered by my insurance.

If you or someone you know is interested in helping me out or learning more about my situation, please e-mail me at vshukla45@gmail.com or call us at (508)-839-9464. If you would rather prefer to talk directly to Donor Coordinator at MGH, please indicate so and I will provide you the contacts at MGH.

With much love,

- Ranjan

“If we only need one kidney to live a healthy life…………….. Why were we given two? For it is in giving that we receive” – St. Francis of Assisi

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Sai Sai April 01, 2014 at 08:09 PM
For B+ kidney Age 30 I had passport also.

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