Kenneth “Doby” Touchton
Transplant Type: Kidney
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In 1994 I was diagnosed with a chronic kidney condition called Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS). I was able to stay healthy for many years, but in 2016 my doctor referred me to UNC Chapel Hill and I was placed on the kidney transplant list. Each year I have to undergo tests to stay on the transplant list, and last year I was "paused" on the list because they found some cardiac issues. I ended up having triple bypass surgery and because of all of this, I immediately needed to start on hemodyalis. In the past year, I have had a total of 8 procedures related to my heart surgery and dialysis. Thankfully, I was re-instated back on the kidney transplant list this past May. However, due to my cardiac issues the transplant team told me I really need to find a living donor in the next year or I may not qualify for the transplant list due to blockages in my legs with my blood vessels . The current wait time for a kidney from a deceased donor is at least 6 years for my blood type (which is O positive). So I hope you will help me spread the word and share my story in hopes that I can find a living donor and get a kidney this year....
Being a single man, I am thankful for the love and support from family and friends. I look forward to receiving a transplant that will give me back my energy and allow me to be more active. But right now, I need your help. Currently I am working full time and then have dialysis 3 times a week for 4 hours each evening. It leaves me pretty exhausted and in addition to all of this, I was just placed on insulin injections due to my diabetes.
I have been told that the average kidney transplant costs more than $442,000. And that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, there are significant expenses related to the surgery. If I do get a kidney transplant, for the rest of my life I will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. If I don't get a kidney, I will need dialysis 3 times a week for the rest of my life.
I am attaching a link to a video I made that Chapel Hill recommended I do, as well as a direct link to UNC Chapel Hill to read more about kidney donation. Below is contact information to reach out directly and confidentially with any questions to the Living Donor Coordinator at UNC. Lastly, I am attaching a link about making a tax deductible donation to my transplant fund if you feel led to do that.
Thanks for reading and sharing my story and more importantly, I appreciate all the prayers in the days ahead.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Doby by clicking on the link. However, if you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT North Carolina Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 381259. Please be sure to write "in honor of Doby Touchton” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
FOR MORE QUESTIONS ABOUT BEING A DONOR MATCH FOR DOBY, CONTACT:
Amy Woodard, RN, BSN
Living Donor Coordinator
UNC Center for Transplant Care