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Could 31, 2021 11:12am
A Sarnia girl who’s used to serving to others is now asking for assist in order that she will be able to reside a “regular life”.
Heather Williamson, 40, is being handled for kidney failure and has been on dialysis since February 2019. She at the moment receives dialysis therapy thrice every week for 4 hours at a time.
A Fb group referred to as “Kidney for Heather” was lately created in an effort to discover an individual prepared to donate an organ. Williamson mentioned the donor would want to have an A or O blood sort.
“That is very exhausting for me to do as a result of I don’t ask for assist,” she mentioned.
Williamson mentioned some folks spend years ready for an organ transplant. Nonetheless, if she have been to obtain a kidney from a deceased donor, Williamson must stay on dialysis longer so she’s looking forward to a reside donor.
“If I get a dwelling donor, I will be off of dialysis inside the yr,” she mentioned. “If I get a reside kidney, I’ll be capable to be with my household extra, be out in the neighborhood extra, I’ll be capable to reside a standard life, I’ll be capable to journey, and simply usually be effectively.”
With the quantity of therapy Williamson receives repeatedly, she’s sick each different day.
Williamson mentioned she understands that it’s a lot to ask somebody to donate an organ however stays hopeful.
“I don’t need anyone to be pressured as a result of it’s a massive step. It’s main surgical procedure,” she mentioned. “I need someone to really feel snug in the event that they do resolve to do it.”
Williamson has had well being points since she was 5 years outdated. She obtained E. coli after consuming unpasteurized goat milk throughout a college area journey to a farm. After that, Williamson spent months in hospital.
Now at 40 years outdated, Williamson mentioned she needs to reside a life that entails household outings, working, and touring.
For now, Williamson does what she will be able to to assist her members of the family by scheduling on-line grocery orders however wish to do extra. Previous to being on dialysis, Williamson was additionally closely concerned with the Sarnia Legionnaires. Her father, Bob Williamson, was the overall supervisor of the native Junior B hockey group.
“That needed to cease once I began dialysis. I’d volunteer on the video games,” she mentioned. “I used to be simply very outgoing.”
A number of members of the Legionnaires have reached out to Williamson and he or she has additionally acquired assist by way of the Fb web page.
At this level, Williamson mentioned there aren’t any plans to host a donor clinic however it’s a chance for the longer term.
Anybody fascinated with donating or getting extra info can contact College Hospital’s dwelling donor transplant program in London at (519) 685-8500 ext. 33552 or e-mail email@example.com. Questions can be despatched to Williamson by way of the Fb web page.
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