She said the sibling who needed the kidney the most got the donation.
Meuse is on a waiting list for a kidney donation from a deceased donor, but that list is long — about 117,000 are waiting for a new organ.
“The wait could be seven to 10 years,” she said. “This is what prompted me to start my own kidney campaign to find a living donor.”
If she can’t find a donor, Meuse said her quality of life will tumble and she would end up on chronic dialysis treatments.
Finding a donor would save her life.
Anyone wanting information about becoming a living donor for Meuse can do so anonymously. The process would be minimally invasive for the donor — the surgery is done laparoscopically and would require only small incisions. Donors could return to normal activities within a few weeks.
A healthy person only needs one kidney to survive and a donation has no negative impact on the donor’s quality of life.
There would also be no cost to the donor, Meuse said. All expenses, including any travel, would be paid through her insurance.
Meuse hopes someone out there wants to help.
“I would be so grateful and it would mean so much to my family,” she said. “It could actually save my life.”
Meuse misses her husband and said it’s hard to fathom going through her health issues without him. She is also frustrated to know how hard it is to find that perfect match.
“To go through this alone without him, it’s really difficult,” she said.
To learn more about becoming a potential kidney donor call the Living Donor Transplant Coordinator at Brigham and Women’s Hospital at (617) 732-6866. Information is confidential. Meuse can be reached directly at 216-1338.