Community offers hope to teen in need of kidney transplant


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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) – Docs at AU are researching how they’ll enhance kidney transplants for a whole bunch of sufferers ready their flip. One native teenager has been ready three years for a transplant and now the the group is stepping as much as assist seek for a donor.

It’s been an extended highway for Parker McDaniel.

“I simply wished to be like a traditional 20 12 months outdated haha,” stated McDaniel.

At simply 18 months outdated his kidney failed and his dad was an ideal match to donate. However three years in the past issues went south once more.

“I received placed on dialysis once I was 17 and I’ve been on it for 3 years and I’ve been in search of a kidney for that lengthy,” he stated.

That’s the place social media comes into play. Parkers step-mom reached out to the group for assist. And in simply two weeks greater than 2,500 shares and a whole bunch of feedback of individuals saying they’ll get examined to see if they’ll donate.

“To see that that many individuals are prepared to share it simply touches our hearts and we’re simply hoping that a kind of those who decides to go get examined shall be an ideal match for him so he can begin residing his personal life,” stated Pamela McDaniel, Parker’s step-mother.

However right here regionally kidney transplants weren’t even occurring. Due to the pandemic all elective surgical procedures stopped and guests had been restricted.

“Somebody going by such an enormous surgical procedure and with the ability to have household or family members round is large,” stated Michael McDaniel, Parker’s father.

However seeing the group come collectively for an entire stranger is an indication of hope.

“He provides individuals hope. He provides us hope,” stated Pamela McDaniel. “It’s simply been an enormous blessing too in a method.”

The household says they’ve raised greater than $100,000 for the Nationwide Kidney Basis. That goes in the direction of educating and serving to individuals locally who’re in the identical state of affairs as Parker.

If you’re taken with getting examined to see when you’re a match go to: Piedmont Transplant or MUSC Transplant. For the shape you could listing his authorized title Michael Parker McDaniel and his date of delivery 10/31/2000.

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