A man who went on a search for a kidney donor to save his wife’s life has found a match.
Wayne Winters went viral last month after making the plea.
The 74-year-old travelled miles far and wide near his Utah home donning a sandwich board which read ‘Need kidney 4 wife’ – it worked a treat.
Winters now has a phone-full of contacts and messages from potential donors.
His wife Deanna was diagnosed with stage 5 kidney failure almost two years ago.
She received the good news on Sunday how her husband had found a match telling KSTU:
We have a kidney for you get down here. I was just so overwhelmed. I didn’t know what to think. Between 7-800, it filled my phone up. I’m sitting here with this full phone.
If she can have a good five years that would be awesome, we can have our life back.
I will spend more of my days walking with my sign to see how many I can get.
Think about it, we could start a kidney revolution and that would be so great.
A kidney transplant is the transfer of a healthy kidney from one person into the body of a person who has little or no kidney function.
The NHS writes:
The main role of the kidneys is to filter waste products from the blood and convert them to urine. If the kidneys lose this ability, waste products can build up, which is potentially life-threatening.
This loss of kidney function, known as end-stage chronic kidney disease or kidney failure, is the most common reason for needing a kidney transplant.
It’s possible to partially replicate the functions of the kidney using a blood filtering procedure known as dialysis. However, this can be inconvenient and time-consuming, so a kidney transplant is the treatment of choice for kidney failure whenever possible.
To be eligible for a kidney transplant you must meet the requirements medical professionals stipulate.
They are as follows:
They're well enough to withstand the effects of surgery
The transplant has a relatively good chance of success
The person is willing to comply with the recommended treatments required after the transplant – such as taking immunosuppressant medication and attending regular follow-up appointments