Dan White found out 23 years ago that he had a genetic disease that eventually will take away the use of his kidney.
“My father was diagnosed in 1995 with sever kidney disease, PKD, polycystic kidney disease and they recommended that I get tested for that so I found out for myself in 1995 that I also had that disease,” White said Thursday, sitting in his living room with his wife and son.
He is now in stage 5 kidney failure and is looking for a kidney donation to prevent him having to go on dialysis. The disease is so bad that he spent 11 days in the hospital last month and he's down to about 13 percent kidney function.
“The experts and nephrologist tell me I'll be on dialysis within the new few months so time is running out. I need a donor ASAP,” White said.
He was placed on the national transplant list last August and has been told it will be at least four years before he's anywhere near the top.
Those interested in donating a kidney can contact the Maine Transplant Program, at kidneyregistry.org, or they can get more information by calling White directly at 215-8209.
“There is much much better anti-rejection drugs and procedures in place now so people, who before you wouldn't have thought would be a candidate for let's say Dan, may very well find themselves a candidate now,” said his wife, Sue White.
High blood pressure prevents her from donating one of her kidneys, his wife said.
The couple's son, Chris, posted the Facebook message in hopes word would spread and a kidney donor would be found.
“We'd also like to mention that a kidney donor would be considered part of the family here,” Dan White said.