BENEFIT FOR MATTHEW
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IN JULY 2011, I WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL WITH AN UNKNOWN SICKNESS. AFTER SEVERAL TESTS, THE DIAGNOSIS WAS KIDNEY FAILURE. A CATHETER WAS PLACED IN MY NECK BECAUSE I NEEDED EMERGENCY DIALYSIS. A FEW DAYS LATER, A CATHETER WAS PLACED IN MY ...
IN JULY 2011, I WAS TAKEN BY AMBULANCE TO THE HOSPITAL WITH AN UNKNOWN SICKNESS. AFTER SEVERAL TESTS, THE DIAGNOSIS WAS KIDNEY FAILURE. A CATHETER WAS PLACED IN MY NECK BECAUSE I NEEDED EMERGENCY DIALYSIS. A FEW DAYS LATER, A CATHETER WAS PLACED IN MY CHEST & THE CATHETER THAT WA IN MY NECK WAS REMOVED. AT FIRST, I WAS ONLY GOING TO BE ON DIALYSIS FOR ABOUT 6 MONTHS TO HELP RESTART MY KIDNEYS. AFTER 6 MONTHS, I FOUND OUT THAT I WOULD HAVE TO BE ON DIALYSIS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE OR UNTIL I COULD RECEIVE A TRANSPLANT. WITHIN DAYS, MY BROTHER CONRAD & MY COUSIN DANIEL OFFERED TO GIVE ONE OF THEIR KIDNEYS. CONRAD TOOK THE TESTS FIRST TO SEE IF HE COULD GIVE ME HIS KIDNEY. WE BOTH FOUND OUT THAT WE WERE A PERFECT MATCH. THE TEST RESULTS WERE SO PERFECT, IT WAS JUST LIKE WE WERE TWINS. NOW THAT WE HAVE THIS AWESOME NEWS, WE NEED YOUR SUPPORT. I WILL BE GETTING THE TRANSPLANT AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SAN FRANCISCO MEDICAL CENTER & I NEED YOUR HELP TO GET MY BROTHER & I THERE FOR THIS TRANSPLANT.

UPDATE 02/06/13: IN THE MIDDLE OF NOVEMBER 2012, I WAS HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING. EVERY TIME I INHALED AND EXHALED, ALL YOU COULD HEAR WAS FLUID. AFTER SEVERAL TESTS IN THE HOSPITAL, THE DOCTORS HAD FOUND OUT THAT I HAD PNEUMONIA.IT TOOK AWHILE TO RID OF THE PNEUMONIA & THEN IN EARLY JANUARY 2013, THE PNEUMONIA WAS GONE. EVEN THE PNEUMONIA WAS GONE, I WAS STILL HAVING TROUBLE BREATHING. I ALSO COULD HEAR & FEEL MY HEART BEATING RAPIDLY. I ENDED UP IN THE HOSPITAL A FEW MORE TIMES BECAUSE MY HEART WAS BEATING OVER 100 TIMES A MINUTE. IT EVEN GOT UP TO 150 BEATS PER MINUTE. AFTER SLOWING MY HEART DOWN, THEY DID MORE TESTS TO FIND OUT WHAT WAS WRONG. AFTER THOSE TESTS WERE COMPLETED, WE FOUND OUT THAT THE LEFT SIDE OF MY HEART IS VERY WEAK & THE RIGHT SIDE OF MY HEART IS WORKING HARDER BECAUSE OF THE WEAKNESS ON THE LEFT SIDE OF MY HEART. THE DOCTORS INFORMED ME THAT THE PNEUMONIA VIRUS I HAD DAMAGED MY HEART. THERE IS NO MEDICAL PROCEDURE TO FIX THE DAMAGE TO MY HEART, BUT WITH MEDICATION, THERE IS A 50% TO 60% CHANCE THAT MY HEART WILL HEAL. NOW THAT MY HEART IS NOT WORKING WELL, I AM UNABLE TO RECEIVE A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. THE DOCTORS WILL CHECK MY HEART IN ABOUT 6 MONTHS TO SEE IF THE MEDICATION IS WORKING. I HONESTLY FEEL THAT IT IS WORKING. MY BLOOD PRESSURE IS GOOD & MY HEART IS BEATING REGULAR LIKE IT SHOULD. I SHOULD KNOW BY AUGUST 2013 IF I AM CLEARED FOR THE KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. THANK YOU & MAHALO FOR ALL OF YOUR PRAYERS & FOR YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU.
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