Lexington Boy Needs Second Kidney Transplant

Reported by: Ian Preston
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Updated: 6/15/2012 12:41 am
Fifteen year-old Braxton Upthegrove will need a second kidney transplant to replace the one he was given when he was six.

Upthegrove underwent complications during his birth that left him without air for 12 minutes. He survived the birth but his kidney eventually needed to be replaced.

The kidney he received from his father nine years ago is failing and now he's back on dialysis every day for ten hours at night.

He is currently at the top of UK Hospital's donor list, but even if he gets the kidney, rejection chances go up a second time.

Still Braxton remains up-beat, which his mother Michelle says has inspired her as a OB-GYN nurse. She became a nurse to better understand how to help her son.

If you would like to be tested to see if you are a match for Braxton Upthegrove you can contact UK Hospital Transplant Coordinator Lynne Polly at 859-323-5737.

If you would like to know more about being an organ donor you can click on the website below.

www.donatelifeky.org
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LIFESHARERS - 6/15/2012 12:49 PM
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Your story about Braxton Upthegrove and a 2nd Kidney Transplant highlighted the tragic shortage of human organs for transplant operations. There are now over 11,000 people on the National Transplant Waiting List, with over 50% of these people dying before they get a transplant. Most of these deaths are needless. Americans bury or cremate 20,000 transplantable organs every year. There is a simple way to put a big dent in the organ shortage – give donated organs first to people who have agreed to donate their own organs when they die. Giving organs first to organ donors will convince more people to register as organ donors. It will also make the organ allocation system fairer. Everyone who is willing to receive should be willing to give. Anyone who wants to donate their organs to others who have agreed to donate theirs can join LifeSharers. LifeSharers is a non-profit network of organ donors who agree to offer their organs first to other organ donors when they die. Membership is free at www.lifesharers.org or by calling 1-888-ORGAN88. There is no age limit, parents can enroll their minor children, and no one is excluded due to any pre-existing medical condition. LifeSharers has over 15,000 members as of this writing, including 130 members in Kentucky. Please contact me - Dave Undis, Executive Director of LifeSharers - if your viewers would like to learn more about our innovative approach to increasing the number of organ donors. I can arrange interviews with some of our local members if you're interested. My email address is daveundis@lifesharers.org. My phone number is 615-351-8622.
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