Diagnosed with ESRD - End Stage Renal Disease in 2010 with 28% kidney function left. In January 2013, it dropped to 5%. Started twice a week Hemodialysis in February. My beautiful and courageous wife, Ninette, came forward willingly to be my donor and we started with the work-up in March. We finally finished everything and got approval 08 July 2013. We had the procedure the 25th of the same month.

Our journey continues...

Sunday, June 30, 2013


The past 2 weeks went by fast. Ninette and I continued on with work up tests, seeking doctors' clearances, filling up forms and writing affidavits. One of the last doctors we visited was a psychiatrist. Interviewing us individually as recipient and donor; he asked direct, easy to answer questions to make sure we were sane enough to take on the decision to have a transplant. He will write up a psychiatric evaluation to be submitted to the hospital ethics committee. 

The NKTI Ethics Committee meets every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. It decides which transplant cases to approve. Tomorrow, July 1st is our deadline to submit documents to this committee. It will meet this coming Friday. Basically, the required documents are the ones that show:
  1. identity
  2. relationship
  3. consent
  4. responsibiliity 
  5. blood type, tissue and crossmatch
  6. all work-up test results
  7. doctors' clearances
  8. medical report of both the donor and recipient from the lead nephrologist

Our papers are almost complete. We're still awaiting a couple of clearances and the medical report. Upon getting them, we'll have to get them signed and notarized before submission. I'm praying we make the deadline tomorrow.