Contributed by Doug Burton
The Burton family thanks you for your many inquiries about our wife and mother, Keiko Burton. Many asked: “How is Keiko doing?”
Keiko is very active in church work even though she suffers from end-stage kidney failure. The Burton family now is making a community-wide appeal for a kidney donation that will extend her life many years.
She has been a patient at Johns Hopkins University Medical Center for four years and doing dialysis at her home to treat end-stage kidney failure since 2013. She has been on a recipient list since 2014. Her home dialysis cannot continue indefinitely since the treatment tends to exhaust the endurance of her peritoneal cavity.
Hundreds of thousands of Americans have kidney disease and the availability of kidneys from live donors is far less than the demand. Therefore, the Burton family is asking for those who feel called to be a living donor. It doesn’t matter whether your blood type matches Keiko’s because there are possibilities to help Keiko either way. Many are surprised to find that there is very, very little health risk to donating a kidney, and there is no expense whatever to the donor. The hospital stay is usually two days, and the satisfaction you feel afterward lasts a lifetime.
If you are interested in helping, you may call nurse Bridget Creekmore at JHMU:
410 -614-3790; or call Kidney Transplant Center
410-614-9345; from 8:00 AM– 4:00 PM
The link below at the hospital tells you more about this program. More than one-third of willing donors are turned down because their blood types are not compatible with the person to whom they wish to donate their kidney. HOWEVER, Johns Hopkins Comprehensive Transplant Center developed methods to make a donated kidney more compatible. The Incompatible Kidney Transplant Program (InKTP) is a world leader in this kind of transplant and has shown dramatic outcomes.
There is also the Kidney Swap
Johns Hopkins Hospital also participates in kidney swaps and exchanges, where donor/recipient pairs will trade organs. For example, if Donor A was unable to donate to Recipient A, he could donate to Recipient B. Recipient B’s donor would then donate to Patient A. This is a very effective way of managing incompatible donors and recipients.
For more information, you may call Keiko: 202 669 – 5or Doug: 202 203 9883.
Doug Burton can be reached: firstname.lastname@example.org