LAKEWOOD – A Village of Lakewood family is reaching out to the community in search of a new kidney for their grandmother.
Darlene Morganti, a mother of three and a grandmother of three, recently discovered she has a hereditary kidney condition and needs a replacement.
This month, Morganti’s family took to Facebook asking for their friends and neighbors help.
“As I’m sure you can imagine, finding a kidney for a transplant is not easy and asking a family member or a friend to consider donating a kidney is a difficult task,” said Allison Morganti, Darlene’s daughter-in-law, in a post on Facbeook. “However, we know doing so greatly improves her chances of receiving a transplant! For those of you who have little awareness of this disease, a living kidney donation has a much higher rate of success.
“Darlene needs a new kidney, and we hope anyone reading this will consider being tested to be a donor,” Allison Morganti furthered. “We know this is a big request, but we do so on behalf of a remarkable woman, who devotes every day of her life to making a difference to her family and friends.”
In the post, the family asked anyone who might have O-positive blood to come forward.
“If you can help, please do. If you know anyone who might want to donate, please forward this on. If you think you may be interested in helping Dar, we encourage you to get a blood test or donate blood to find out your blood type. Her blood type is O positive.”
Almost instantly, the family says people started to reply offering to get tested.
Morganti has been on a list for a new kidney for the last two years. Those interested in helping the family can reach out to them on Facebook via this link.
This story was first reported by WNYNewsNow’s news partner WIVB News 4.
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