Longmont/LA friends celebrate 5-year mark of successful kidney transplant

LONGMONT TIMES - CALLS | Karen Antonacci
Longmont resident Chris Allsup, 40, left, donated a kidney to his friend Arron Silva, 44, of Los Angeles, five years ago. Silva is in Longmont visiting Allsup to celebrate the anniversary. (Lewis Geyer / Staff Photographer)
The Silva family of California is vacationing in Colorado this week, celebrating a peculiar five-year anniversary.

Five years ago Tuesday, Chris Allsup of Longmont donated a kidney to his friend, Arron Silva of Los Angeles.

Allsup, 40, said the two met in college and kept in touch afterward, but when Silva came to Colorado in 2010 for Allsup's sister's wedding, the family knew something was off.

"I didn't know he was in such bad shape," Allsup said. "Both kidneys were in failure and he was doing dialysis all the time. ... When I saw him, he was just yellow. The dialysis wasn't cleaning everything out that it needed to, and he'd put on a lot of weight because there was a lot of foods he couldn't eat like greens and stuff like that because they weren't good for the kidneys."

Silva has a genetic disorder called polycystic kidney disease, in which cysts grow on the kidneys, eventually prohibiting them from properly filtering blood.

While the disorder is genetic, it strikes when the patient is an adult, usually in the 20s or 30s, Silva said. Continue reading
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