Hi! My name is Maricar. I’m running a fundraising program for my friend Fennelyn Jusayan. She is 33 years old and needs to have a kidney transplant. Last September 2014, Fenny was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease Stage 4-5. Her hemoglobin that time is 3.8 (normal is 12) and creatinine is 9 (normal is below 1). Her nephrologists told her that she has two options, to undergo dialysis or to go through a kidney transplant. It turned out that Fenny’s nephrot ic syndrome way back 1992 caused her to have Chronic Kidney Disease now (after more than 20 yrs).
CKD doesn’t have symptoms on its early stage. You will notice it when it is already on its last stage. That’s what happened to Fenny. Her nephrologists succeeded to slow down the progression of losing the function of both of her kidneys for almost two years by continuous medication, strict diet and checking her monthly laboratory tests. Last November of 2015, Fenny’s creatinine increased to 15. She started to constantly feel tired, and dizzy. She lost her appetite; she has ammonia breath, and dry mouth. Her elevated creatinine was caused by Uremia and electrolyte imbalance. Instead of hooking her into an emergency dialysis, Fenny’s nephrologists scheduled her for an AV fistula creation. AV Fistula is the access being using for hemodialysis. It is being done through minor surgery. After four months, Fenny’s creatinine raised again to 14.11 and Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN) is 120. Since her fistula is mature already, her nephrologists convinced Fenny to start with Hemodialysis. Having the creatinine of 14.11 means that she have eGFR of 5% which is the percentage of her kidney function, both of Fenny’s kidneys already lost 95% of their function. April of this year, she started with the hemodialysis. This treatment is done four (4) hours twice a week.
At first, she thought having hemodialysis is enough. Fenny can carry the burden of sitting on the chair for four hours with two needles inserted on her veins without moving or change position. But every month, she is encountering problem on her access. Her veins are crooked which causes the access to bulge. Fenny’s arms are always swollen and in too much pain because she has to be steady for four hours of the treatment. Even the senior nurses and doctors in the hospital are having hard time accessing my AV fistula. Fenny’s nephrologists told her to consider having the kidney transplant this time since she still young. Yes, that is the best option for her. She wants to have it badly but her financial status doesn’t allow her to have it immediately.
Fenny’s father died 20 years ago while her mom is a housewife. She have two siblings older than her who have families of their own now. She was able to finished college through the help of her siblings and by working as a tutor. She was able to have a decent job because of that. But having hemodialysis twice a week is draining her financially. Fenny’s salary is not enough to sustain her medication needs.
With this I am humbly asking for your generosity to help my friend to have a new kidney. Any amount would be of great help for Fennelyn to live a longer life.