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Indian Lake Center Faculty trainer Jana Core remembers when her cousin, metropolis native Todd DeLong, was a vibrant five-year-old and attended courses along with her at The Ohio State College.
She mentioned he listened intently to her professor, after which he had his probability to shine.
“The professor requested if there have been any questions, he raised his hand and the professor known as on him. Think about the remainder of us when the professor answered and mentioned, ‘Why can’t any of you ask significant questions like that?’” Core mentioned with fun.
The inquisitive younger man went on to graduate seventh in his class from Bellefontaine Excessive Faculty in 1992. Now a number of many years later, DeLong’s native members of the family are rallying round him and asking the general public for assist in looking for a possible kidney donor.
DeLong, 46, who now resides in Parma together with his spouse, Holly, was positioned on the kidney transplant ready checklist in December 2016 after he was recognized earlier that 12 months with continual kidney illness and stage three kidney failure.
A number of members of the family, together with DeLong’s cousin Julie Whitehead of Bellefontaine, have been examined, and thus far, no appropriate match has been discovered for a kidney donor.
“We’re simply scared and devastated by this,” Core mentioned. “If you happen to might help or know anybody that might be prepared to assist, we might owe you for the remainder of our lives. He misplaced his father final 12 months and his mother (my aunt) is petrified she is going to lose him additionally.”
He’s a son of Maralyn DeLong of Bellefontaine, who’s retired from Bellefontaine Metropolis Colleges, and the late Jim DeLong, a Honda of America Mfg. at Marysville retiree, his household associated.
The Parma resident mentioned that it was at a routine eye examination four half of years in the past that pointed to his underlying well being points. He was informed he ought to see his doctor after indicators of hypertension have been detected.
After finishing blood work together with his doctor, DeLong was knowledgeable in June 2016 that he was in stage three kidney failure.
“I had scarring on my kidneys and they didn’t know why. I had by no means had any accidents or different difficulties that might trigger kidney points,” mentioned the devoted Cleveland Cavaliers fan, who by no means misses a sport, and who additionally attended Case Western Reserve College and Cleveland State College after highschool.
He and his spouse, Holly, have been married not lengthy after his prognosis. The couple likes to journey, and have been to Paris collectively, however now it’s harder to journey lengthy distances after he began dialysis this 12 months. They need to restrict their time away to weekend excursions once they can discover a dialysis middle close by.
DeLong presently undergoes dialysis 3 times every week on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays on the DaVita Dialysis Heart. Having to finish the frequent appointments means he goes into work as early as potential the opposite days of the week to make up the time, he mentioned.
“He doesn’t ever complain, however I do know dialysis and the entire course of is so tiring and onerous on him,” his mom mentioned.
Along with dialysis, DeLong additionally should adhere to a restrictive weight loss plan, having to look at his potassium, dairy, sodium and phosphorus consumption, amongst different necessities.
The possibility to have a transplant could be “superb and life-changing,” he mentioned, noting the possibility to be freed from dialysis, which is tough on his physique, and a significant enchancment in his total well being and well-being. A possible donor wouldn’t incur any medical bills from the process, which might all be coated by DeLong’s insurance coverage and Medicare.
DeLong is listed at College Hospitals Kidney Transplant Program in Cleveland. He mentioned O optimistic or O damaging blood could possibly be suitable for the donation, but when a person with a distinct blood sort was excited about donating, a “donor chain” might happen, with a number of different collaborating kidney donors and recipients.
A donor screening for the College Hospitals program is offered for people to finish on-line at https://uh.donorscreen.org.
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