According to the National Kidney Foundation, about 92,000 people are waiting for a kidney, but The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation helps people bypass the list.
“A complete stranger can often be a better match than your own family,” says Jennifer. “To be a donor, you must be extremely healthy, which means no prior history of cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, hypertension and autoimmune diseases,” Jennifer explains. “Depending on the hospital, if you’re overweight, they they’ll usually with work with you to get you on a better diet regime and exercise more. Or, if your cholesterol is a little high, they’ll try to work with you because that’s such a small situation compared to having a kidney condition.”
It’s perfectly safe to live with one kidney, according to Jennifer, who was born with just one kidney.
“You could live very well with one kidney, as long as you take care of it,” she says. “You should drink a lot of water and not a lot of alcohol. With a healthy a diet and taking care of yourself, you’ll be fine.”
Potential living donors can reach out to the organization by calling 646-715-8976 or firstname.lastname@example.org.