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!