May 25, 2014 8:38 pm

B.C. woman makes desperate plea for life-saving kidney donor

A Port Coquitlam woman is making a desperate plea in the hopes that a stranger will save her life.

Forty-three-year-old Adrienne Pace says unless she receives a kidney transplant, she only has two months to live. Unfortunately, her husband is not a match.

Pace had a successful kidney transplant 11 years ago, but ever since, her immune system has been compromised.

In the last year, her condition has worsened drastically.

“We were in Abbotsford and I keeled over in pain,” she said. “I was bleeding internally.”

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Now, she has no working kidney and has been on dialysis for so long that the veins in her arms are no longer accessible. Doctors are trying to insert tubing into her neck, but without a donor she believes she will not survive.

Pace is hoping for a miracle to save her life.

There are living donor programs where altruistic people volunteer their organs to those in need.

However in B.C., close to 500 people are currently on the waiting list for a life-saving transplant. In 2013, 30 British Columbians died while on the wait list.

While eighty-five per cent of British Columbians agree with organ donation, only 19 per cent have registered to be a donor.

As for any would-be donor who is concerned about their only kidney failing later in life, under the new program, a donor in that situation is automatically placed at the top of the transplant list.

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