Are you ready for some numbers?
You are. Great.
For starters, take a guess at how many people in B.C. were waiting (and hoping) for a kidney transplant as of July 31.
According to BC Transplant, there were 633 B.C. residents in that situation.
Vic Morin of Kamloops is one of them.
His wife, Colleen Bruce, told Vic’s story a year ago. Earlier this week, she provided an update:
“It now has been close to one year since my last posting on Vic and his struggles with kidney disease. There have been a lot of changes in our lives over the past year.
“Vic was put on emergency hemodialysis in the middle of September 2019. Vic now has transitioned to full-time peritoneal dialysis that he does at home eight hours a night, seven days a week. This dialysis is done at night while he is sleeping.
“Over the past year his health has unfortunately declined. He doesn’t have the energy to do much anymore due to the kidney disease. Even going for walks is a big struggle, but he does try his best a few times a week.
“We really were hoping that the dialysis would give him more spark and energy, but because the kidneys are so diseased, this isn’t the case. He needs a kidney now more then ever.
“We had a virtual appointment with our doctor from St. Paul’s Hospital in early August. He said Vic’s wait for a kidney from a deceased donor could be up to four years for his blood type. As well, the doctor wasn’t sure that Vic’s arteries that attach to the kidney would be strong enough for a kidney transplant in four years.
“The doctor told us that Vic’s only option now is to receive a kidney transplant from a living donor within a year.
“So once again we are reaching out to everyone in dire-desperation to find a living donor for Vic. We created the accompanying poster in hopes of reaching as many people as we can.
“Please keep in mind that you don’t need to be an exact blood-type match to become a donor for Vic, as St. Paul’s Hospital has a paired exchange program. This means that the donor and Vic (recipient) will enter into the paired exchange program.
“Here is how it works:
“Donor A wishes to donate a kidney to Recipient A, but they are not a match. Donor B would like to donate a kidney to Recipient B, but they are not a match. However, Donor A is a match with Recipient B and Donor B is a match with Recipient A. A paired exchange can then be completed.
“Again, we are needing to get our story out to as many people as will listen. If you have ever considered becoming a kidney donor, or would like more information, please contact the donor nurse co-ordinator at St. Paul’s Hospital by calling 604-806-9027 (1-877-922-9822) or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Please mention Louis Victor Morin.”
More numbers, thanks to BC Transplant . . .
As of July 31, there had been 133 kidney transplants conducted in the province — 89 involving deceased donors, 44 from living donors.
All told, BC Transplant was following 3,540 post-transplant patients.
In the Thompson-Cariboo-Shuswap area, which includes Kamloops, there were 1,217 people with chronic kidney disease. . . . There were 71 people from that area on the transplant list. . . . All told, there were 78 people doing hemodialysis, with another 31 doing peritoneal dialysis.
Think about all the numbers for a moment and you will realize that kidney disease isn’t going anywhere.
If you are interested in being a living kidney donor, more information is available here:
Living Kidney Donor Program
St. Paul’s Hospital
6A Providence Building
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Toll free: 1-877-922-9822
Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney
Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
Level 5, 2775 Laurel Street
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
604-875-5182 or 1-855-875-5182
Or, for more information, visit right here.