Transplant Type: Kidney
Patsy Ortega is awaiting a new lease on life. In 2014, she was diagnosed with Type 2 Diabetes. Although she has kept it under control with medication and eventually insulin, it has taken a toll on her kidneys. As a result, they are now failing. Patsy is on dialysis, which diminishes her quality of life and leaves her very tired. Doctors say a kidney transplant is critical.
During this difficult time, Patsy is grateful for the love and support of her husband of 40 years, Delbert, and their family and friends. Patsy and Delbert have a 20-year-old son, and her illness prevents her from being as active with her husband and son as she would like. She can no longer travel to visit her son, which is difficult for her. Patsy enjoys spending time with her family, babysitting her nieces, going for walks, fishing with her family, camping, and traveling—but her health and dialysis schedule prevents her from doing most of those things now. She looks forward to receiving a transplant that will free her from dialysis and give her back her energy. Patsy wants nothing more than to be healthy so she can enjoy a normal life with her family, travel, and have more freedom. But right now, she needs your help.
The average kidney transplant costs more than $414,000, and that’s only the beginning. Even with insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant costs, Patsy still faces significant expenses related to the surgery. For the rest of her life, she will need follow-up care and anti-rejection medications. Post-transplant medications are very expensive, and they’re as critical to her survival as the transplant itself.
Patsy lives 100 miles from her transplant center, and traveling back and forth for appointments can be expensive. When she receives her transplant, she will have to temporarily relocate to be nearby while she recovers, incurring substantial expenses for travel, food, and lodging. Patsy’s declining health forced her to stop working as a CNA, further adding to her financial burdens.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Patsy. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Colorado Transplant Fund, 3249 W. Sarazens Circle, Suite 100, Memphis, TN 38125. Please be sure to write "in honor of Patsy Ortega” on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Transplant Center: Presbyterian/St. Luke’s