Kidney search starts again for Newman Lake woman

KHQ 6 | Andrea Olsen
Kidney search starts anew
SPOKANE, Wash. - Her journey to search for a kidney starts all over again after a potential match failed.

We introduced you to a Newman Lake woman named Shelby Whitson almost three months ago. Her life is on the line.

Shelby was very upbeat during our interview because she had just given blood to finalize a match for a new kidney but we all found out later that her body rejected it.

She needs all the help she can get because right now, she has nobody else in line for testing. "People who have sent me prayers, and positive thoughts, and cards, and emails; I really appreciate that," said Shelby.

Shelby spends most of her days at the Dialysis Center, which is basically a second home for her. She's hooked up to a machine that cleans her blood, removing 15 percent of the toxins. She has to do it three times a week, almost four hours a day. The dialysis machine can be thought of as an artificial kidney, a kidney that Whitson doesn't have. "You don't have a lot of good options. It's either dialysis or death," said Shelby.

Her kidney is failing quickly. "Shelby does need a kidney. She needs it very, very soon. Time is running out for her," said Mary Forbes, Shelby's friend. Mary's not going to let Shelby go. That's why she's set out to prove that donating a kidney can save a life. Continue reading

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