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The present of life could be the best present of all for Vivian Jepp, a Port Washington mom of 10-year-old triplet boys who’s in determined want of a kidney transplant.
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton (D-Glen Cove) is becoming a member of the Jepp household, LiveOnNY and native organ donation advocates in an pressing seek for a dwelling donor for Jepp, who has endured years of dialysis and two earlier makes an attempt at transplants.
Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton met with Vivian on Thursday, April 26 throughout a dome-lighting ceremony commemorating Nationwide Donate Life Month. Her seek for a donor was sidelined within the spring of 2020 by the COVID-19 pandemic. Now that public well being situations have improved and stabilized, the race is on to search out her a match.
“Vivian’s story is heartbreaking—and it’s a name to motion for all of us,” Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton mentioned. “In current months, I’ve witnessed the miracle of organ donation first-hand and seen how a dwelling donor continued to thrive after giving certainly one of my dearest mates her kidney and with it, a renewed lease on life. If in case you have both A or O-type blood, I urge you to get screened as a possible donor and think about giving Vivian, her husband, and their three boys the best present of all.”
Jepp has navigated well being struggles all through a lot of her grownup life. Shortly after graduating school 33 years in the past, she was recognized with systemic lupus—an inflammatory illness wherein the immune system assaults its personal tissue. The illness generally impacts a affected person’s joints, pores and skin and kidneys. Jepp was an elementary faculty trainer in New York Metropolis till 5 years in the past, when her kidneys started to fail. Quickly thereafter, she started dialysis therapies.
As a result of intensive pressure dialysis locations on human physique and the prolonged wait time for a deceased donor, a dwelling donor represents Jepp’s greatest likelihood for surviving and thriving. Nonetheless, it may be difficult to search out prepared dwelling donors, and New York State generally has traditionally been one of many worst states for organ donor registration—a spot the place essentially the most sufferers are ready for the fewest organs.
Jepp, who has Sort A blood, can obtain a transplant from dwelling donors with both A or O-type blood. Contact Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton’s workplace at 516-571-6211 or email@example.com in case you are all for being examined as a attainable donor.
—Submitted by the workplace of Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton