A former Waterville man wants for Christmas is a kidney

Central Maine | Lauren Abbate
Carrie Harvey, left, is comforted by her friend Samantha Gladden, at Harvey’s Waterville home on Thursday, as she talks about her brother Michael Bowles, who needs a kidney transplant. Staff photo by Michael G. Seamans

Waterville native Michael Bowles was a healthy 37-year-old man who loved being active, in particular playing and coaching baseball. Now, one year after being diagnosed with stage four renal failure, doctors have told him his condition has taken an unexpected turn toward critical.

After leaving his family and friends in Maine to accept a job in Arizona just before Thanksgiving, Bowles was told this week that his condition has progressed to stage five renal failure, or end-stage renal failure.

“For some unknown reason the kidneys took a turn,” Bowles said Thursday by phone from Arizona. “I didn’t think, and the doctors didn’t think, that it was going to progress this fast after I moved out here.”

Bowles’ sister, Carrie Harvey, of Waterville, put it succinctly eariler this week in a telephone call to the Morning Sentinel. “All he wants for Christmas is a kidney,” she said with a sob. Continue reading

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