Raleigh man waits for second kidney donation

News and Observer | SARAH NAGEM
Jeff Parke hangs out with his girlfriend, Marie Alperi, outside their Raleigh home. Parke is waiting for his second kidney donation. The kidney he received in 2001 has failed. | Sarah Nagem 

Raleigh, NC = Three days a week, Jeff Parke spends about four hours at a dialysis center.

A machine filters waste from his blood, doing the job that his donated kidney can no longer perform.

After he leaves the center, he is exhausted.

“You’re just drained,” said Parke, 43, who lives in Raleigh. “Nauseous, dehydrated.”

Parke is waiting for a phone call from the University of North Carolina health care system to let him know a new kidney is ready for him.

He’s been through all this before. The dialysis. The waiting.

Parke got his first kidney transplant in 2001, after doctors realized the organs were failing and he spent two years on a waiting list.

The donated organ is now failing, and Parke is awaiting a second transplant.  Continue reading

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