Like others in need of organ transplant, Lake Zurich teen waits for new kidney

CHICAGO TRIBUNE | Lake Zurich News | Todd Shields
Matthew Dobson, right, 15, of Lake Zurich hugs his aunt Kathleen Lutz, of Buffalo Grove, during a recent fundraiser for Dobson organized by the Children's Organ Transplant Association at Lou Malnati's Pizzeria in Buffalo Grove. Matthew is waiting for a kidney transplant after being diagnosed with a kidney disorder. (Michael Schmidt/Pioneer Press)
Like most teenagers, 15-year-old Matthew Dobson, a sophomore at Lake Zurich High School, likes to play basketball, bowl and watch movies in his spare time.

But unlike most teenagers, Dobson has been spending much of his time lately dealing with a more serious concern: Whether he will be able to find a donor to give him the kidney he needs to thrive.

Dobson's family and friends have raised thousands of dollars to help cover his medical expenses, but more is needed. And his story, one of waiting on a transplant list, is unfortunately quite common, experts say.

As they wait, Dobson continues to grapple with a kidney disorder that has lowered his kidney function to 25 percent, said his mother, Nancy Dobson. She noted that her son's kidney function must decrease to 15 percent to be eligible to receive a transplant from a deceased person.

"We can do a transplant at any time if a live donor is found," she said. Continue reading

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