Kidney patient likens finding donor to ‘winning lottery ticket’

Independent News | Jennifer Amato

Ross Bear was living a beautiful life. After graduating from Holmdel High School, he attended Brookdale Community College, then Rutgers University. He married Marnie Rotter of Manalapan, had two sons Ethan, almost 12, and Henry, almost 14, and moved to Newtown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He worked for Verizon, aspiring to be a teacher.

Then, on Feb. 10, his life came to a screeching halt.

Bear, 43, woke up that morning not feeling well. He decided to visit the emergency room of the local hospital under the assumption he was experiencing high blood pressure or increased anxiety. After taking some medical tests, he thought he would be released from the hospital.

He previously had no symptoms other than feeling cold all the time, which he attributed to exhaustion from working long retail hours during the holidays. His last bloodwork showed no abnormalities.

Instead, that afternoon, he was told he was having issues with his kidney functions.

After more tests and biopsies, Bear was diagnosed with irrevocable kidney failure. A nephrologist was brought in to discuss his options. Continue reading

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