By creator to www.westernmassnews.com
WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — A Westfield man has been battling stage 5 kidney disease for nearly three years. We spoke with Robert Lafogg and his wife, Wanda, back in January 2020 when they were hoping for a donor. Now, Robert goes to obtain that lifesaving transplant.
“I’d do something to see him get this kidney and I do not know what I’d do with out you,” mentioned Wanda Lafogg.
Robert Lafogg’s spouse, Wanda, spoke with Western Mass Information in January 2020, desperately hoping somebody would come ahead to donate their kidney to her husband.
Now, practically two years later, she’s respiratory a sigh of aid.
“It’s like Christmas time, if you’re that little child and also you’re ready for that particular toy to come back on Christmas morning,” Wanda Lafogg added.
Robert was recognized with stage 5 kidney illness in January 2019. A number of folks got here ahead to attempt to assist, however bloodwork and checks confirmed they weren’t the correct match.
“It’s been laborious, the dialysis. I’ve watched a pair folks move away at dialysis. It’s been laborious,” Robert Lafogg defined.
WESTFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) — One yr in the past this month, a Westfield man was recognized with Stage 5 kidney illness.
Wanda Lafogg added, “I knew when he would come up these stairs what sort of a remedy he had. If he had an okay remedy…or a foul one. His face was a lifeless giveaway…It’s such a battle to look at your beloved, your partner, undergo such torment and there is nothing you are able to do about it…On daily basis we get up and I take a look at him and I say ‘Ooh he obtained via one other day.”
Then Wanda’s cousin Melissa Dogonniuck made the choice to get examined.
“Despite the fact that I used to be from Pennsylvania and I didn’t know bob in addition to I do know my cousin, however I simply felt this want to simply go forward and do it and by my religion, I went for it and did it and we have been an ideal match instantly,” Dogonniuck mentioned.
Sitting of their matching T-shirts, the 2 advised Western Mass Information that Tuesday, Robert will bear his final dialysis remedy. Then the subsequent morning, they’re going to each bear this lifesaving process.
“It’s solely about two days or so restoration for me within the hospital after which I’ve one other three to 4 weeks afterwards,” Dogonniuck defined.
As for Robert, he might be within the ICU for a pair days, then hopes to be residence by the start of subsequent week and can proceed his restoration for six months afterwards, even quarantining through the vacations, however Robert mentioned it’s so price it.
“A bit of bit nervous in regards to the operation, however excited. They are saying as quickly as that kidney goes in, you’re like a special particular person,” Robert Lafogg mentioned.
Melissa mentioned how rewarding will probably be to look at Robert be capable of return to regular life.
“I feel it’s simply so thrilling for me to see as his residing donor to see him transfer on together with his life and have that life together with his youngsters, his grandkids, and be there for them as they get older and that’s a part of my reward is to look at him reside his life,” Dogonniuck added.
Now, her mission is to encourage others to develop into a donor of any sort, even inspiring her husband, Chris.
“I’ve lately started the method of signing up for our native space’s bone marrow registry and that’s solely due to what this stunning lady has determined to do,” mentioned Chris Dogonniuck.
Wanda feels nothing however gratitude in the direction of her cousin.
“I can’t even clarify how great and appreciative I’m. She’s saving my husband’s life. My cousin is saving my husband’s life…She is going to at all times be my little angel,” mentioned Wanda Lafogg.