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HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WATE) — Jason Robbins bought the shock of a lifetime from his household as he headed into one in every of his dialysis therapies Wednesday morning.
His spouse, Eva Robbins, his three youngsters, mother, sister and extra have been ready exterior the Fresenius Kidney Care heart along with his future kidney donor, Rhonda Jackson.
Robbins had been affected by the life-threatening sickness Autosomal Dominant Polycystic Kidney Disease, or ADPKD.
He was first diagnosed in 2005, progressively getting worse over time, however his well being went from painful to life-threatening in 2018.
Robbins’ kidneys have been performing at 7%, forcing him to be on dialysis a number of days every week.
WATE 6 On Your Facet reporter Kirstie Crawford spoke with the family October 2019, after two shut donor matches didn’t cross the ultimate assessments.
Rhonda Jackson, additionally from Oliver Springs, watched the newscast that day and knew she wanted to assist.
“I feel the Lord simply spoke to me that day and stated ‘You might want to do that. You simply must go forward and do it…The quantity to Vanderbilt was given and I simply known as them the following day and requested what to do,” Jackson stated.
She stated she didn’t need to inform anybody at first, as a result of she didn’t need to get their hopes up if it didn’t work out.
Jackson finally advised Robbins’ spouse and gave her standing updates as she handed the assessments.
“The primary query that I requested Vanderbilt after I known as, I stated, ‘I need to be a donor, however I’m afraid I could be too previous. She stated, ‘how previous are you?’ I stated ‘I’m 65.’ (She stated) ‘Oh no, you’re superb,’” Jackson defined.
She stated the method was lengthy, however value it.
There have been some parts of the testing she was afraid she wouldn’t cross, such because the stress take a look at, however handed every thing ‘with flying colours.’
She stated she was by no means scared as a result of she knew this was one thing God needed her to do.
Jackson even had a health care provider write that down as her cause for donating her kidney.
Jackson and Robbins had seen one another round city, however by no means actually met.
She came upon on Monday that she might donate her kidney to Robbins.
Robbins was extraordinarily grateful for the stunning information.
He and his household deliberate for a protracted highway of dialysis and ready, understanding that along with his blood sort and situation, it might’ve taken a number of years to get a kidney.
“There’s no enchancment till I get a kidney. Nothings going to repair this however a brand new kidney. Now it’s about to get fastened,” Robbins stated.
The transplant surgical procedure is scheduled for mid-February at Vanderbilt.
Robbins will spend a number of weeks within the hospital after the transplant, after which about one other 12 months with out work to get well.
His household has a GoFundMe set as much as assist with medical bills. Click here if you want to assist.
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