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POLK COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) – A Dundee household is on the seek for a dwelling kidney donor after a summer season of struggling following a bout with COVID-19.
“Searching for a transplant, dwelling donor. B constructive [blood type],” stated Christopher Paige, a father of three.
He stated he was an in any other case wholesome 35-year outdated when he got here down with coronavirus whereas touring for work.
“Transporting meals as a necessary employee,” the truck driver teacher stated. “We had been headed to California. I used to be an teacher so I used to be coaching someone else.”
In late June, Paige began feeling sluggish and checked himself into Winter Haven Hospital the place he bought the prognosis, he stated.
“I couldn’t breathe for one. I used to be on an oxygen machine,” he stated.
Then Paige’s kidney began to fail. After spending weeks within the hospital, Paige stated he now will get dialysis therapy 3 times every week, for 3.5 hours per session, and is now ready for a kidney transplant.
In response to the American Society of Nephrology, as much as 50% of all extreme COVID-19 ICU sufferers have kidney failure that requires dialysis.
Research present acute kidney damage may also make in-hospital COVID-19 extra lethal.
A CNBC report reveals many sufferers with kidney failure have had no underlying well being or kidney points previous to contracting the coronavirus.
“You have to be conscious since you by no means know what can occur,” stated Paige. “Do what’s mandatory. Do what persons are telling you to so far as washing your fingers, sporting your masks, not being round individuals in giant teams.”
Whereas Paige was within the hospital, he discovered his entire household had examined constructive: his girlfriend, Paola Rosario, and their three kids, Axel, a new child, Christopher Jr., 2, and Ariela, 6.
“That’s what actually tore me aside after I was in there. I used to be already scared to convey it to them and to seek out out that they already had it and understanding what it achieved to me and we had a new child on the time,” stated Paige.
“It’s simply modified our lives utterly. So if someone comes ahead and is prepared to undergo the method of the kidney donor, it’ll imply the world to me, to him and the children,” stated Rosario.
To find out how you will discover out if you’re a match for Paige you may visit his website.
If you’re a match, you may submit your info and Paige’s birthday, which might be discovered on the Kidney 4 Chris Paige website.
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