Imeleta Needs a
Living Kidney Donor

“I truly want a second chance in life.  I’m hopeful someone will see my story and choose to bless me with the gift of life.”

Imeleta’s Story

Imeleta was diagnosed with CKD in 2020, with diabetes and high blood pressure identified as the primary culprits. In 2021, she commenced dialysis, and now, three years later, she faces the ongoing challenge of adapting to her health condition.

The most difficult aspect for Imeleta is the inability to engage in activities she once enjoyed and to savor the foods she loved. As a wife, sister, daughter, and cherished aunt, Imeleta finds herself in a predicament where her family members are unable to donate due to health reasons (such as having diabetes). She now seeks assistance and support in her journey towards better health.

We Need to Find a Living Donor

Waiting 3-5 years for a kidney from a deceased donor is not the best path forward for Imeleta. With a living donor, Imeleta can get her kidney transplant sooner! Research has shown that when patients receive a kidney from a living donor, the outcome is generally better. Living kidney donation is also ideal because kidneys from living donors last longer than a deceased donor and there is a lower chance Imeleta’s immune system will attack her new kidney (a process known as organ rejection).

Donor Eligibility Requirements

Imeleta is extremely lucky to have secured highly qualified medical help and support from the team at the University of Utah Health (UUH). She wants any interested persons to know that they will be in exceptional hands should they decide to step forward. UUH has shared the following as a pre-qualification list for donation:

Must be between the age of 18-69 years old.

Must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity (BMI of 37 or less).

Must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

You Can Help Save Imeleta's Life!

Interested In Donating?

Complete the short contact form and a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator will respond within 1 day to guide you through the next steps in the process.

Have Questions About Donating?

Having questions is normal! Complete the short contact form to set up a time to speak with a GiftWorks' Living Donor Navigator; a guide who knows what it's like to donate a kidney because they've donated in the past.

Want To Help In Other Ways?

You can help by sharing Imeleta's page today! Also, be sure to share Imeleta's posts on social media each week to spread awareness of her story. Sharing posts is one of the best ways to help Imeleta find her lifesaving donor.

Process for Stepping Forward for Imeleta

COMPLETE FOrm
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Fill out the short contact form and a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator will reach out to you within 1 business day to set up a time to connect.

Discussion
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During your time with a GiftWorks’ Living Donor Navigator, you will get to ask questions and receive answers from a living kidney donor. They will tell you more about the process, address non-medical concerns, and connect you to valuable resources.

Complete Breeze
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Breeze is a health questionnaire that will be reviewed by the hospital’s medical team to determine your eligibility for living donation as well as the next steps.

Share To Help

Imeleta T
Please Share This Post to Help Me Find a Living Kidney Donor!
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When I found out I made it on the transplant waitlist, I was extremely happy. This opportunity could potentially change my life, as kidney disease prevents me from doing the things I once loved. A new kidney would help me feel less tired, enable me to return to work, and allow me to enjoy spending more quality time with my loved ones. The wait for a deceased kidney transplant isn’t swift; many, including myself, wait for 5 years, or sometimes even longer. It’s a grueling battle against kidney disease, and much can unfold during this time. This is why I’m sharing my journey—hoping to connect with a living kidney donor who can change my life. Your support matters—please share this post and my website. I truly appreciate your help! https://giftworksuuh.com/imeletat/

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Urgent Plea! Share This Post to Help Imeleta!
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Hey everyone, I’m reaching out with an urgent plea from Imeleta. She’s in desperate need of a living kidney donor. While I can’t be the match she needs, I refuse to stay silent. Let’s rally together and spread Imeleta’s story across social media and beyond. With your help, we can find the perfect match and save her life. Please share this post to make a real difference in Imeleta’s life and the lives of those who care about her. Together, we can make miracles happen.

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Advocate
Your Generosity Could Help Imeleta Find a Living Donor
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The #generosity of living donors is truly inspiring. Their selflessness has the power to transform lives, and Imeleta is in urgent need of such a hero. By sharing her story, you’re not just spreading awareness but potentially reaching someone who could be Imeleta’s life-saving match. Let’s harness the collective strength of our community to ensure Imeleta’s plea for a living kidney donor reaches far and wide. Together, through the simple act of sharing, we can make a profound difference in Imeleta’s journey toward health and healing. Will you join us in sharing Imeleta’s story and helping her find her living kidney donor?

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Questions & Answers

Unfortunately, most of the family cannot donate for health reasons, such as diabetes. In some cases, the best living donor is one who is not a family member, even when family members do step forward to donate.

While the recipient's insurance will provide coverage for the donor, the donor needs to have their own health insurance in the rare event an unknown health issues comes up for the donor.

While the recipient's insurance covers all costs related to the donation (for Imeleta and her donor), there are expenses like travel, meals, and lost wages that can be incurred.  However, we want you to know there are resources available to ensure you do not have to pay for anything out of pocket. The GiftWorks' team can provide more information about those resources if you choose to step forward as a living donor.

Living kidney donors are often able to return to work within 2 weeks, and fully heal within 6-8 weeks. After surgery, the donor’s remaining kidney will also grow in size and function, allowing them to live normal life with just one kidney.

The following are pre-qualification requirements for living donation: must be between the age of 18-69 years old, must be healthy and free of major health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and obesity (BMI of 37 or less), and must be mentally and emotionally healthy.

The ideal outcome is for Imeleta is to find a living donor. She has already battled so much with her kidney disease that being on the kidney transplant waiting list for 3-5 years is simply not ideal. Long-term dialysis is also not ideal as it can lead to a variety of complications such as low blood pressure, injection site infection, and blood clots.

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