We have had a huge increase in followers so using todays post to give new comers a backround story on Maria.
Maria has been married to Bill for 21 years and together they have two children, Alex, 16 and Morgan, 13. Maria is an artist who loves to cook, travel, and spend time with her family and friends.
Maria was diagnosed with Type 1 (Juvenile) diabetes on her 10th birthday. After many years with the disease, her native kidneys failed and she received a kidney from her father on March 15, 1994. (18 years ago). This transplanted kidney has now failed, and Maria is in need of another transplant. She is currently undergoing dialysis treatments 3 days a week – she remains otherwise healthy, but we know dialysis will speed up her diabetes complications and put her at more risk for heart disease, amputation, and other health issues.
Maria has been on the top of the kidney/pancreas list since June 2011 (this would be from a deceased donor). Since starting dialysis, her body is rejecting her father’s kidney and producing more antibodies. These antibodies have now made her sensitized to certain donors – making it difficult to find a match. Her odds of matching a potential donor are 30%, therefore it is now necessary to find a pool of eligible living donors to increase her matching odds.
Mass General Hospital only received 4 kidney/pancreas’ for transplant last year. Each only had a 30% chance of matching Maria, and none did. She was called in on Jan.26, 2012 for a transplant and the donor pancreas could not be used. The kidney alone went to the person at the top of the kidney only list. Maria was called in again on July 1, 2012 and the donor ended up having a positive cross match, which means Maria would reject the transplant. Maria was called in a 3rd time on August 15, 2012. This was a great match, but once again, the pancreas could not be used and the kidney went to the person at the top of the kidney-only list. We now know that it could take a long time for a deceased donor to match Maria..please help spread her story so that a living donor can come forward. Our main goal is to get Maria off dialysis..whichever path gets us there first will be followed.
A good living donor candidate is someone who is healthy, well-informed and makes a voluntary decision to donate one of their kidneys. Living donors must be over 18 and usually under 70 years of age. They must be in good general health, have a Body Mass Index (BMI) of less than 30, a non-smoker, with no evidence of significant high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, kidney disease, heart disease or hepatitis. Living donors can live in any state and it is important to know that all medicals costs are covered by the recipients health insurance. As you might imagine, donating life to another is a remarkable gift that takes a great deal of thought that can only be obtained by being well informed.
Maria’s blood type is A+ and her kidney donor must have an A or O blood type.
Some people have inquired on how to proceed with testing. For anyone interested, please contact:
Mass General Hospital
Donor Intake Coordinator
Patient: Maria Flannery
Thank you for taking the time to visit and read this page. We hope you will “share” this page with friends and help us spread the word..not only for Maria, but for the thousands who are waiting for the Gift of Life!!
If you would like to be an organ donor and have not registered, please visit: www.donatelife.net, and register today!