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Rep. Jeffrey Currey, D-East Hartford, has been identified with stage 5 kidney failure and is in fast want of a donor, however is in excessive spirits and inspiring folks to take part in a donor program that will save somebody’s life, even when it’s not his.
Currey, 41, introduced his situation on the ground of the Home throughout a latest particular session and used his birthday announcement on social media to lightheartedly clarify his present situation and seek for a kidney donor.
“Kidney failure is actual, and it’s now at stage 5,” he wrote. “This implies I would like a kidney ASAP.”
Whereas a number of standards, together with blood sort, have to be met to ensure that somebody to donate on to Currey, he declined on Monday to offer his particular particulars, as a substitute encouraging anybody who’s keen to take part within the donor program to get examined.
Moderately than looking for a person donor for himself, Currey recommends keen donors be part of a swap program that goals to match donors with these in want.
The swap program, relatively than person-to-person donors, goals to match a donor with somebody the donor doesn’t essentially know personally, resulting in a “chain response” that would result in Currey receiving a kidney faster than via a direct donation, he stated.
“That is a kind of moments the place you wish to pay it ahead sooner relatively than later,” he stated on Monday. “One thing good has to return from this. … I reside by the mantra ‘it’s we earlier than me.’ Whereas that is my problem, it will probably’t simply be about me. It’s acquired to be concerning the we in all of this as a result of clearly I’m not going to get via this on my own.”
Currey stays his typical upbeat self and stated that he feels high quality and is sustaining a optimistic perspective.
“I haven’t slowed down. I’m not going to decelerate,” he stated. “Anyone who is aware of me is aware of that is the form of particular person I’m in any case. I’m simply going to proceed being me.”
Currey has been seeing a nephrologist for the previous couple of years, making an attempt varied strategies to vary the course of his situation, however outcomes saved coming again a bit of worse every time, he stated, including that his physician had mentally ready Currey for the probability that his situation wouldn’t be treatable.
Ultimately, his physician took a biopsy on the finish of December, acquired the leads to January, and Currey started the donor course of on the finish of June, he stated.
Early on, Currey and his physician felt it might be one other 5 years earlier than he reached this level, however his situation acquired progressively worse over the previous 4 to 6 months, he stated.
If a donor is discovered quickly, he stated he might have a brand new kidney in six to eight weeks.
“For me, it’s a race in opposition to the clock with reference to dialysis,” Currey stated. “If I don’t need to undergo that I would favor to not.”
There was solely a second, when the physician gave him his diagnoses and Currey was alone in his lounge, that he felt a tinge of concern, he stated.
However, he stated he has “all the religion on this planet” within the medical course of and that “these 30 seconds have been in all probability the one time” unfavourable ideas crept in earlier than calling household and buddies.
As all state residents deal with the novel coronavirus limitations, Currey pressured the significance of the Basic Meeting extending telehealth companies throughout particular session final month, noting that his preliminary dialog with the transplant crew at Hartford Hospital was a four-hour digital name.
He additional praised the hospital for taking the time to ensure he was comfortable, together with making certain he has a help particular person.
Currey stated his lifelong good friend Valerie Scheer, whom he met in elementary faculty, has been “probably the most super help person who I might’ve ever requested for.”
He famous that Scheer is a Republican member of the East Hartford Board of Training.
“In true trend, I’m doing all the pieces in a bipartisan model,” Currey joked.
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Currey famous that every one data offered to the hospital is saved confidential, and potential donors are totally examined, doubtlessly alerting them to their very own medical situations.
“This is likely one of the most uncomfortable asks that I’ve to make,” he stated. “It’s not day-after-day that you simply ask somebody for a part of their physique.”
Currey stated he has no intention of stepping down from his Home seat in gentle of his present medical situation.
“This isn’t going to impression my skilled life one bit,” he stated.