Updates on Share a Heart to Zyd’s Kidney

Update posted by Maridel Barrogo On Aug 20, 2019

Hello Everyone and to my Family & Friends,

My name is Zaldy Doel Barrogo Santos, 28 years old. I was a resident of UAE for 5 years. During the second quarter of 2018, I’ve been in and out of the hospital because of my unstable blood pressure. It was so high for my age according to my doctor and he can’t tell me why. It was December of 2018 after a series of lab tests (CT Scan, MRI, 2D Echo,& Kidney Biopsy) when I was finally diagnosed of “Chronic Kidney Disease” or “kidney/renal failure”. I was devastated when I was told by the Nephrologist that both my kidneys aren’t functioning right anymore. Hemo-dialysis and kidney transplant are the only options for me.

I started my first dialysis session last December 19, 2018. It has to be done two times a week at NMC Hospital-Al Nahda. The dialysis fee is 800AED per session so I have to produce 1600AED a week to stay alive. Unfortunately, my medical insurance does not cover this kind of treatment so I really need to pay in cash. My family tried to help me but their resources are also limited. Last March of this year, I can only manage to pay for one session of dialysis in a week because I cannot afford it anymore. Another obstacle is that the doctor is advising me to have my Temporary jugular catheter on my neck to be removed and have an AV Fistula in my arm so as to avoid infection and not to mention that it is already starting to “leak”. I was told at the hospital that it will cost me around 12,000.AED to do that.

As of now, July 2019, I am in the Philippines, hospitalization here is much cheaper compare to Dubai. The GOOD NEWS is that, I finally have my AV fistula in my arm, and attending my Hemo-Dialysis session 3x a week. Literally every other day for 4-hours i am in the hospital. I am already financially drained and I honestly don’t know where and how to get the money for my next dialysis session.

I still don’t want to give up. I know that there is still a fighting chance for me to live a normal life. I’m fervently praying that you will extend your help to me. I’m keeping my hopes high and will be forever greatful for any help that you can give. Thank you! And may you continue to be God’s instrument to help others.


Zaldy Doel Barrogo Santos

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Update posted by Maridel Barrogo On Jan 06, 2019

Chronic Kidney Disease

If your kidneys are damaged in some way, or are affected by disease, they may be unable to maintain their vital functions that keep you well.

As the kidneys progressively fail to filter the blood efficiently, they do not do their job of removing excess water, waste products, and toxins. The levels of these substances in your body increase, making you feel unwell. The condition is called uremia. In the first instance, patients who have early stage Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) with mild uremia may be treated with drugs and diet management.

For many patients this is enough to keep them feeling well indefinitely. For others, despite management with diet and drugs, more kidney function is lost over time. If uremia becomes severe, it reaches end stage renal failure (ESRD), and you must begin dialysis to replace the job of your kidneys.


Hemodialysis is an extremely effective treatment that uses an artificial kidney to cleanse waste products and excess water and salt from the blood of patients with kidney failure. Tubes are connected to a dialysis machine that withdraws and returns blood from either a surgically created vein in the arm or a catheter placed in a vein in the neck or chest.

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