Richmond woman needs kidney transplant

WWBT | Sarah Bloom
Andrea Wyatt has lupus, which caused her own body to attack her kidneys. She now needs a new kidney, or faces dialysis for life. (Credit: NBC12)

Andrea and Wren Wyatt's story is one of tremendous hurdles, but also tremendous heart. Looking at them, you'd never know the dark reality they're facing.

But right now, life is very difficult. At just 30 years old, Andrea is facing kidney failure.

"I'm not a crier, but through this I feel like that's all I've been doing," said Andrea.

Andrea has lupus, which caused her own body to attack her kidneys. Lupus is manageable with medication, but kidney failure is not. She needs a new one, or faces dialysis for life. She would need three hours of dialysis three times a week to survive.

"You definitely have your moments of 'Why me?' and you have your moments of 'How are we going to get through this?' But through friends, family, and again, prayer, it happens and you just take one day at a time and figure out what you can do at that time."

Andrea's spirit of perseverance is impressive... almost unwavering, unbreakable. And when it does her husband, Wren, is right there.

"It's very painful to see the woman that you love hurting and needing all this help," said Wren.

"We've done everything we can, from changing diet and exercise, to meditation, to praying," said Andrea. "Everything." Continue reading

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