RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER VOLUME 2
DID YOU KNOW?
Most people can live a normal healthy life with only one kidney. Some people are even born with only one kidney and never know it! A kidney may be removed surgically due to health issues or for donation, leaving a person with only one functioning kidney. In most cases the remaining kidney will continue working hard to remove wastes from the body efficiently.
Potential kidney donors can contact a Living Donor Coordinator to get the process started. Donors will then be screened to be sure they are healthy enough to live with one kidney. These screenings are done at no cost to the donor. Transplant centers make sure they evaluate potential lifetime risks for the donors, for example, people with diabetes mellitus (high blood sugar condition) are not considered donor candidates in the United States.
For kidney transplant recipients. When a patient finishes the kidney transplant evaluation process, they are added to the waiting list. The United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) manages the organ transplant list. According to UNOS, 587 New Mexicans are awaiting a kidney transplant, and many patients wait for 3-6 years for an organ offer from the deceased donor., A recipient who has a living kidney donor does not have a long wait for the transplant , and the transplanted organ usually works better and lasts longer compared to a deceased donor. In the U.S. an average of 21 people on the national transplant list die waiting for an organ. Living donation can significantly help to decrease this risk.
Both living kidney donors and recipients will have their own transplant teams and should get to know them well as they will be educating them and guiding them through the process. The living donor team usually consists of an living donor advocate, a nephrologist (kidney specialist), living donor coordinator, dietician, donor surgeon, social workers, and medical assistant. Each member of your team is there to help you find the resources needed to guide you through your process.
If you are interested in becoming a kidney donor or wish to know more on how to become a donor you can contact a local transplant center directly in Albuquerque and request to speak with the living kidney donor coordinator.
New Mexico Transplant Centers
Presbyterian Hospital Transplant Services
201 Cedar St. SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-841-1434, 1-800-597-7217
University of New Mexico Transplant Center
2211 Lomas Blvd. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87106
Phone: 505-272-3100, 1-866-317-0380
Living Kidney Donor Online Resources:
UPCOMING: GOLF TOURNAMENT FUNDRAISER – August 31, 2018. Sandia Resort & Casino. Registrations & Sponsorships at NMKidney.org
WHAT WE HAVE DONE SO FAR IN 2017-2018
- Educational Presentations
- – Siembra Leadership High School, Dr. Barrantes, May 2017
- – Belen Community, Dr. Barrantes, May 2017
- – ACL-Acoma Hospital, Dr. Barrantes, June 2017
- – Casa Esperanza, Liza Lucero, CNP, Jan. 2018.
– RMA dental health & dialysis patients, Dr. Tran, Jan. 2018
- – Santa Fe Indian High School, Dr. Barrantes, Feb. 2018.
- Booth at Kidney Walk, April 2017
- 2nd Annual Golf Tournament Fundraiser. October 2017
- 10th Nephrology Nursing Symposium January 2018
To know what projects we are working on and how you can volunteer please visit our website www.NMKidney.org
WHY DONATE TO THE RMA Kidney Foundation?
All the money raised for the RMA Kidney Foundation stays in New Mexico for patient’s needs: Health education, research, training, transplant and dialysis projects.
HOW TO DONATE
Donate by credit card:
Visit NMKidney.org and click on the red button on the top (right) of the page to donate.
Donate by check to:
RMA KIDNEY FOUNDATION
PO Box 92373
Albuquerque, NM 87199