This month is National Kidney Month and WISH TV in Indianapolis shared the inspiring story of a man in need of a kidney transplant, one in more than 1,300 Indiana residents waiting for a kidney donation, who was surprised to find that his 25-year-old adopted son was the perfect match.
“He’s sacrificed for 25 years for me, so when I had this opportunity I knew this was my time to give back,” said Jared Foster, Tim’s son. “To know that I could potentially be the reason why my dad lives the rest of his life, a good life, it was an honor to be able to do that for him.”
The Fosters were surprised that of the hundreds of people who volunteered to be tested Jared was the best match, as he is not related to Tim by blood. They adopted him as a baby after years of longing for a child. “By the power of God, we did have the same blood. It’s remarkable. It’s amazing,” Tim told WISH TV.
The year before, Tim’s battle with kidney disease progressed to kidney failure. In the United States, 26 million adults have chronic kidney disease (CKD), and more than 590,000 people have kidney failure.
Kidney disease is the ninth leading cause of death in the U.S. Once the disease progresses to kidney failure a patient needs dialysis or a transplant. There are more than 95,000 Americans waiting for kidney transplants. In Indiana, with over 1,300 people waiting, only 217 kidney transplant surgeries were performed at IU Health last year. WISH TV encourages readers to consider organ donation like Jared Foster did, even to complete strangers. Thirty percent of the kidneys transplanted at IU Health last year came from living donors.
“A transplant that comes from a living kidney donor lasts about 20 percent longer than a transplant that comes from a deceased donor. With a living donor you can plan your surgery, get off of dialysis sooner than waiting for a deceased donor,” said Kelly Coffey, IU Health living donor coordinator told WISH TV.
Even more are at risk of developing kidney disease, as common drugs such as acid reducing proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) like Prevacid, Nexium and Prilosec have been found by studies to cause kidney damage. One study showed that PPI use increased risk of developing CKD by 28 percent and kidney failure by 96 percent.