Woman struggles to find a live kidney donor
Finding a live kidney donor has been like searching for a needle in a haystack for Sandra Thomas. When she was in her twenties, was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that was passed down from her father.
Although she was not surprised by the diagnosis, it has recently brought about an urgent search for a donor. The disease has affected ten family members on her father's side and she has witnessed its progression firsthand.
At the advice of her network of professionals at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver, where transplants take place, Thomas began spreading the word about her situation. She set up a Facebook page and had 16 friends and family step forward. Of the 16, only two made it through the end of the extensive testing. In the end, she found out her body would not accept those kidneys.
Kristi Dobson reports
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