Pownal woman gets creative in appeal for kidney

Portland Press Herald | Edward D. Murphy

A sign posted in a car window is among the many methods Linda Deming is using in an effort to locate a kidney suitable for transplant. Courtesy WCSH

By outside appearances, it would seem as if Linda Deming is running for office.

Her campaign has buttons, yard signs, car signs and a Facebook page.

But Deming, who lives in Pownal, is looking for a kidney, not votes.

The 63-year-old said her kidneys started failing two years ago.

Doctors believe it’s because she had been taken maximum-strength ibuprofen, an over-the-counter pain medication, for sore hips and knees.

Eventually, the medication caused damage to her kidneys, she said, and she had to start dialysis three times a week in December.

“I always said that I wasn’t going to stay alive by being attached to a machine, but that’s what’s going on,” she said Saturday.

Deming said she is in end-stage renal failure and is on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, but it usually takes three to 10 years for a kidney to become available for a transplant, usually through a donation of organs from someone who has died. Continue reading