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Saturday, September 3, 2016

Hold them accountable

Greg Hargrove
THE PUEBLO CHIEFTAIN | Greg Hargrove

Almost daily, there’s talk about the state of health care. Much is said about the rising costs, lack of coverage and the politics. But somewhere in that quagmire is something no one really talks about — organ transplants.

My 75-year-old mother Carole is in Stage 5 kidney failure and needs a transplant. She has done everything she has been told to do by her doctors at a prominent hospital in Denver.

But over time, the transplant team went virtually silent. Apparently, it takes a minimum of six years before my mother becomes eligible for a kidney in the national registry. Since my mother couldn’t get someone from the hospital to call her back, she went online to find answers. And we all know how reliable that can be.

There are a lot of myths and misinformation about kidney transplants. In the first meeting two years ago, a doctor told my mother only those with her exact blood type, O negative, could donate. In July, a nurse from the same team told us anyone with O blood could be considered. All this time, we could’ve been expanding our search for a living donor. Continue reading
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