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- November 15, 2011
- by Leigh Fazzina
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Dear friends, family, and members of the public who are taking a few moments to stop by and read this important message and plea for help:
The time has come for my friend, Meredith Hucke, and her parents Ken and Linda Hucke, of suburban Philadelphia, to reach out to the public and the news media for help. Meredith, who is 38 years old, is a friend of mine, and she is desperate need of a new healthy kidney from a living organ donor in order to stay alive.
Meredith was born in 1973 and in 1976 she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. Twenty five years later, in 2001, Meredith’s kidneys failed. [The kidneys have important roles in maintaining health. When healthy, the kidneys maintain the body’s internal equilibrium of water and minerals (sodium, potassium, chloride, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, sulfate). Those acidic metabolism end products that the body cannot get rid of via respiration are also excreted through the kidneys. The kidneys also function as a part of the endocrine system.] When Meredith’s kidneys failed in 2001, she was put on a transplant list so she could receive a kidney. Because she had diabetes and because her kidneys failed, she also needed a pancreas at that same time. So she underwent both a kidney and pancreas transplant in 2002 where she received the organs from a cadaver (yes, a dead human body).
The shelf-life for cadaver organs is about 10 to 15 years. And now that it’s 2011, the shelf-life of the kidney Meredith currently has in her body has failed. It is not working at all. And Meredith is in urgent need of a new one in order to stay alive.
Dialysis is the only thing that is keeping Meredith alive right now. Dialysis is a process for removing waste and excess water from the blood, and is primarily used to provide an artificial replacement for lost kidney function. When a patient receives dialysis it does wear out their veins and is very stressful and taxing on the body. And in time, dialysis patients cannot tolerate the process if they are on it for too long. Meredith is currently receiving dialysis 3 days a week and as you can imagine, it’s pretty stressful on her body.
Currently, Meredith is in an urgent healthcare state. She needs a kidney from a living organ donor; someone who is willing to give one of their unneeded kidneys to her.
What is great and encouraging news it that the human body has two kidneys but we only need one to live and survive. So someone who is in a good health condition and willing to help Meredith, can indeed help if they would like to. The criteria to give a kidney to Meredith is really simple. A living organ donor must be under age 60, be in generally good health, and have an O+ or O- blood type. That’s it.
Meredith is currently on a national “waiting list” where thousands of organ transplant patients just like her are also waiting…. where they “sit” a wait for a live organ donor to come forward. This list is made up of over 10,000 people. Frankly, the chances of Meredith getting a living organ from this national list is very slim. And as you can imagine, this is very hard for Meredith and her family.
Meredith, Linda and Ken (her parents) and I all believe in the power of social media. We believe that social media communications and networks can help make Meredith’s story become viral, and help Meredith find a donor rather quickly.
We are kindly asking everyone to please take a few minutes and watch The Hucke’s 4-minute video of where they are asking for help. Then take another minute or two and share and push this simple communication out onto any and all of your social media networks (Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.). We believe that the impact in doing so, really could help save Meredith’s life. Thank you.
If you or anyone you know is interested in becoming a donor for Meredith, please contact Ken and Linda Hucke at the contact information below. They will explain the organ donation process to you, and they will provide you with the paperwork and application where an approval will be given by The University of Pennsylvania to see if you meet the requirements. There is no cost involved in being a live organ donor.
Both I and the Hucke family thank everyone for their help in advance, the prayers that have been sent Meredith’s way, and the kind words of encouragement. Whatever help you can give to help spread the word about Meredith’s urgent need, the more grateful the family will be.
We all remain positive, and we let God bless the rest.
And from the bottom of Meredith’s heart – she says “Thank you!”