Dartmouth Resident in Desperate Search for Living Kidney Donor
Last year, Dan Desmaris received an emergency kidney transplant thanks to the kindness of those in his community searching for a donor. The family was overwhelmed with everyone's support and decided to pay it forward by refocusing on another member of the community in desperate need of a kidney transplant.
Through Dan’s search for a kidney, his family met Patricia Kehoe of Dartmouth who was also in need of a living kidney donor. Blood type A or O.
Patricia had been driving around with her phone number on her car for years and was able to find a donor with the help of Dan's family. However, it did not work out as planned. Patricia posted on Facebook Tuesday, February 26 that the plan fell through.
"If you remember, I was advertising for a kidney last year. I did get a donor, but after one year of waiting for her to get a cure for Hep C, she has been ruled out. May I ask you to share this if you can? Thank you in advance!"
Patricia is a former teacher at Westport High School, she has been married for over 40 years, is a mom and grandmother to a four-year-old girl, who is pictured below with Dan’s youngest granddaughter.
Patricia has been on dialysis and waiting for a donor since October 2014. A living donor would greatly improve her quality of life and her life expectancy.
To inquire about being a donor for Patricia, please contact her transplant nurse Serita Hernandez at Boston Medical Center by calling 617-638-8433.
All the necessary testing, the procedure itself, and follow-up medical care are all covered by Patricia's insurance.