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MASON CITY, Unwell. (WAND) – Billboards scattered by Springfield, Decatur, Peoria, and Bloomington share the message of a neighborhood farmer’s want for a kidney.
As a fourth-generation farmer, Reid Bitner is aware of get a job achieved. Not often asking for assist, the daddy of seven is the spine of his household and the particular person everybody can rely on.
However, after getting the information in October that Reid would wish a kidney transplant, the Bitner household started working asking folks to step ahead and signal as much as be a possible dwelling miracle.
“In case you can donate and provides life to somebody, you might be their miracle,” mentioned Joyee Bitner, Reid’s spouse.
Joyee began a Facebook page, spoke with the native paper, and created a billboard to seek out her husband a match.
“I needed to do the whole lot in my energy to get the phrase out,” she mentioned.
Reid’s kidney troubles began in his 20’s. He advised WAND Information whereas working in Wisconsin he was hospitalized as a result of he had misplaced his imaginative and prescient and wasn’t feeling properly. Docs quickly realized he had a kidney situation that he was born with and he would wish a transplant as quickly as attainable.
“It was simply the luck of the draw I used to be born with it,” he mentioned.
In 2009, his mom, on the age of 51, donated her kidney. In accordance with Donate Life America, on common, a dwelling donor kidney can operate wherever from 12 to 20 years. After a latest physician’s go to, Reid realized that he would wish a brand new kidney as a result of the one his mom donated wasn’t working to its full potential.
“Proper now they do not have many solutions as to what is going on on,” Reid defined. “There may be only a bunch of scar tissue and it is [the kidney] not functioning correctly.”
The couple mentioned plans are in place for Reid to go on dialysis after the brand new 12 months whereas they look forward to a dwelling donor match. Joyee mentioned her husband’s medical doctors inspired her to begin elevating consciousness and discover her husband a kidney.
“God put him in my life to take him. He is my husband and it is my job to be his voice and advocate.”
The Reid household is looking out to share the present of life. Reid can have a kidney transplant, as soon as a match is discovered, on the College of Wisconsin. Folks prepared to donate ought to go to https://www.uwhealth.org/treatments/living-kidney-donation. Potential donors ought to click on on the crimson field that claims “Study for those who is usually a dwelling kidney donor”. To study extra about Reid’s journey and to seek out methods to assist them, click on right here.
In accordance with Donate Life America, there are greater than 100,000 folks on the nationwide transplant record, and greater than 85% of the sufferers are ready for a kidney. An individual’s physique can operate utterly usually with one kidney and dwelling with one kidney doesn’t make an individual extra in danger for kidney illness sooner or later.
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