I am writing this letter with a heavy heart and a fair amount of reservation. I am an extremely giving person and I will go out of my way to help anyone, but I admit I am horrible about asking for help myself. I am also not the best at talking about myself and the issues I have had with my health. My name is Scott Buckingham and three years ago on June 5, 2015, I had a kidney and pancreas transplant due to renal failure caused by type one diabetes. The surgery was a godsend and I was at 2% kidney function at the time that I was transplanted and would not have lived much longer without it. Sadly, I only had about 6 months of relatively good health while I was recovering before I was struck with the first of two severe transplant-related infections that started the organ rejection that led me to where I am today writing this letter. I am once again in dire need of a transplant as the two infections that I contracted have caused acute organ rejection which has resulted in my kidney failure, and my kidney function being all the way down to 11% only three years after surgery.

For the first time since this whole journey began many years ago I am afraid because the doctors informed me that I will not live long enough to receive a kidney from the transplant waiting list. The wait time for someone with my blood type is now over 10 years and many people die on the list waiting for an organ to become available for them. I just went through the testing at Northwestern and had my case reviewed and I am back on the transplant list. The transplant team is not optimistic about how long I will last without a living donor since my kidney function is declining so quickly. I need a miracle, I need someone to hear my story and feel inspired to come forward and give me the gift of life, I need a living kidney donor. It does not matter what blood type you are because even if you are not a direct match Northwestern has an Organ Exchange program that can allow the surgery to take place even if we are not blood compatible. If you feel compelled to help please see the link below to Northwestern Kovler Organ Transplant Center where you can get information on the process and what it means to be a living donor, or you can call the center directly to have any questions answered that you may have. I am also available to answer questions since I am in regular contact with my surgical and transplant team. Please share this post with all of your friends and become a champion for my cause.

Thank you all and God bless!

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  1. Scott Buckingham
    March 27, 2018

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    An update on my story from Scott Buckingham. Good afternoon everyone. I had a an amazing opportunity come my way this weekend which was a blessing, a surprise, and it just shows how quickly life can move sometimes. I was with some people this past Friday morning and I had the opportunity to discuss my health situation in detail and answer some general questions in regards to transplant and my particular case. One of the gentleman that I was speaking with was unaware of my health situation and he informed me that his niece was currently in a hospital in Southern Illinois in a coma and the family had been going and pay their respects because they were going to take her off of life support since the doctors said that there was no chance of her regaining consciousness. My thoughts and prayers immediately went out to the family as they navigate their way through this heartbreaking time and difficult decisions. Without knowing any of he details or how any of the transplant criteria work this good samaritan reached out to his family to tell them of my need and ask on my behalf if there was anything that could be done? He contacted the Gift Of Hope, the organization that oversees all aspects of organ procurement and transplant and they told him that the family could indeed allocate one of her kidneys in my name as long as she was a match for me. Matching an organ for someone is a complex process. Blood type is obviously the first determining factor, but there is also tissue compatibility, and something called a blood crossmatch check to make sure that when the donors blood is mixed with mine that there is not ay kind of reaction that could potentially damage the new organ or cause rejection. Since I have already had one transplant my blood is what they call sensitized. This means that I already have had exposure to other blood and your body naturally creates antibodies whenever something foreign is introduced in to your system. This causes further complications in finding a good potential match. This donor who’s kidney I would receive not only had extremely healthy kidneys, but she was as good as of a match as I could possibly hope for. It was truly the miracle that I had been praying for. In the situation, when someone is on life support, Gift Of Hope will give the potential donor 90 minutes to pass away once they have been taken off of life support. If the person does not pass away within that 90 minute period the organs are deemed unusable due to lack of oxygen and they will not take the chance of them being damaged and transplanted. My donor was 37 years old, a wife, a mother, and a nurse. She was taken from this world too soon and she was a fighter with so much life left to live. She lived past the 90 minute mark taking her off of the potential donor list, but the chance to imagine what it will be like to be healthy again was a blessing and a boost to my morale. Even though it was a crushing piece of news when they told me and my wife the news as I was getting tested and prepped for surgery at Northwestern Hospital, it made me realize that everything happens for a reason and you never know when your next opportunity is going to present itself. I thank the family for their generosity and kindness to pretty much a total stranger to them, it is that kind of selflessness that helps miracles happen. Me and my family are still praying for the right miracle and that next opportunity to come along sooner than later. Thank you all for reading, and God Bless.

  2. Tobsmast
    March 28, 2018

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    What a good YouTube video it is! Amazing, I liked it, and will be sharing.

  3. Janie Chidester
    March 28, 2018

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    How old are you Scott?
    Is there an age limit for a kidney donor?

    • Scott Buckingham
      March 30, 2018

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      I am 45yrs old. Ideally they would like someone around my age or younger. This is per Northwestern and the transplant team. Please let me know if you have any further questions.

      • Brett N Stallmann
        April 18, 2018

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        I am a 55-yr old male type O blood, I want to donate to you Scott, what do I do?? my email is vtbadger@yahoo.com I will give you my phone # there!!

        • S. Buckingham
          April 28, 2018

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          Brett,

          You have to fill out “Northwestern Medicine Living Donor Kidney Health Questionnaire” under the “Downloads” section and submit it to Northwestern for consideration.

          In the first section of the document
          “Potential Donor To (recipient full legal name): Scott Buckingham
          “Date of Birth”: 4/10/1972

          Sorry for the delay in the response but haven’t been feeling well lately. Feel free to contact me directly at Scott.Buckingham@yahoo.com or through this website.

          Thanks for your consideration!
          Scott

  4. Dan Scimeca
    April 17, 2018

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    Scott,

    Would I be ineligible to help if I am a type 1 diabetic? To my knowledge I have a type 0 blood and would be interested in learning more if I could help.

    • S. Buckingham
      April 18, 2018

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      Please contact Northwestern. They should be able to give you more information if you are able to donate.
      Thanks for reaching out

  5. candace johnson
    April 18, 2018

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    Hi Scott,
    I am 34 years old O negative blood type. Would I be able to help?

    • S. Buckingham
      April 28, 2018

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      You have to fill out “Northwestern Medicine Living Donor Kidney Health Questionnaire” under the “Downloads” section and submit it to Northwestern for consideration.

      In the first section of the document
      “Potential Donor To (recipient full legal name): Scott Buckinghmam
      “Date of Birth”: 4/10/1972

      Sorry for the delay in the response but haven’t been feeling well lately. Feel free to contact me directly at Scott.Buckingham@yahoo.com or through this website.

      Thanks for your consideration!
      Scott

  6. Tiffany Cornell
    April 18, 2018

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    Scott
    I know you family’s pain. My mother is currently waiting a liver and kidney transplant and I wanted so desperately to help her, but it is in God’s hands while we wait and pray for the call.

    • S. Buckingham
      May 17, 2018

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      Tiffany,

      I a sorry for the delay in my response. I have not been feeling well lately and dealing with some complications from my situation. My wife told me about your message and I wanted to respond to your message myself but the days have been slipping quickly away from me these days. the waiting is the hardest part of the process without question. Before I had my first transplant I waited for 3 1/2 years. They told me for about the last 9 months of my wait that I was at the very top of the list and I could receive a call any day. I expected that call to come within a relatively short time after that meeting with the transplant team and as the days, weeks, and months passed I almost lost hope until the day that I got that call on a Thursday night at 9:30 pm on a beautiful summer night. This is one of those situations where you have to have faith that everything is in God’s hands and part of his plan. Me and my family will keep you and your mother in our prayers and please keep me posted on your situation, and I will do the same. Thanks for reaching out and God Bless!

      Scott Buckingham

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