By creator to www.thesunchronicle.com
NORTH ATTLEBORO — He’s been a fixture on the sidelines of soccer video games for years, influencing a whole lot of of younger lives.
Now he’s trying to the group for assist. However that is no sport.
Bruce Pugh, who’s coached in native youth soccer from the Pop Warner degree on up for greater than a decade, is going through kidney failure, and mates and colleagues are hoping to assist discover him a donor … and shortly.
“He’s a tremendous man,” mentioned Leslee Murphy, secretary for North Attleboro Junior Football and the Monday Night time Gridiron Membership. She is placing out the phrase on the youth soccer group’s social media platforms, “and we wish to get folks examined.”
Pugh, 48, a North Attleboro resident, was recognized over a decade in the past with a kidney illness known as focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. The sickness is attributable to a uncommon gene mutation and assaults the kidney’s filtering skill, resulting in everlasting kidney scarring and failure.
This spring, Pugh’s continual situation declined to 17% kidney operate classifying him at Stage four of 5 illness progressions. He wants a right away residing donor transplant with an O+ blood sort match, Murphy reported. There are different standards as nicely, together with physique sort.
Pugh is taken into account an excellent transplant candidate as a result of he leads an energetic, wholesome life and a residing donor represents his greatest probability for an excellent consequence, she mentioned. In any other case, the await a transplant is 5 to seven years.
Dialysis remedy, which artificially filters the affected person’s blood, impacts the possibilities for a profitable transplant, so the most effective consequence could be for him to obtain a donor kidney earlier than he begins dialysis.
“I served with Bruce for years, and he coached my son,” Murphy mentioned, including that he stored teaching even after his personal son was out of this system.
His son’s now a senior at LaSalle Academy in Windfall and not too long ago dedicated to Louisiana State College. He additionally has a daughter at Clemson College, Murphy mentioned.
Seeing him on the Century Sport — the 100th soccer sport between North and Attleboro — a couple of weeks in the past, she had no inkling he was ailing.
In a posting to social media, Murphy wrote: “It feels unusual asking somebody to surrender a kidney. It’s an enormous ask. We all know this. BUT if in case you have any inclination to take action, we’d ask that you just please take into account getting examined to see should you could also be a match. How do you do this? Easy — Please try this hyperlink: https://www.bidmc.org/…/accept…/consider-living-donation.”
She added: “This group is unbelievable and when one among our personal wants us we rally like no different. We ask that you just share his story in all places.”
Of Pugh, she mentioned, “He’s in the midst of a tricky battle however he’s more durable! Let’s do that.”