Joss: I have been a kidney failure patient for 12 years
Hi, I'm Joss (@joss_espino). I have been a kidney failure patient for 12 years. In 2011 I received my first transplant, my mother lovingly donated her kidney to me, unfortunately in 2013 I went through chronic rejection and stayed on a diet and medication until 2019. However, in 2016 I started the protocol for a second transplant and I signed up for the list Standby.
"They gave me up for dead for a few minutes and once they did resuscitation maneuvers, they said that I probably wouldn't make it through the night"
I was on hold and in 2019 my brother along with my father offered to be my donors. I started the protocol and at the same time I decided to start hemodialysis since it was a requirement to start an early transplant protocol. In that same year, during a hemodialysis session, I had a crisis that led me to perform a couple of laboratory tests, discovering that I had a tumor inside my heart and that is how in 2020 I had to undergo open heart surgery, I did not have good prognosis of life, they gave me up for dead for a few minutes and once they did resuscitation maneuvers, they said that I probably wouldn't make it through the night. It was a difficult process as during the surgery I lost too much blood.
"I was not a candidate for a transplant due to high antibodies"
In 2021, I resumed the transplant protocol with my father. Unfortunately, the antibody tests came out too high, and they did not make it possible for me to have a transplant. I felt sad because in May 2022 they told me that I was not a candidate for a transplant due to high antibodies. In June a doctor returned to my case, and after performing these tests 4 more times, they miraculously came out without antibodies, which made it possible for me to receive my father's kidney in August of this year. Life, the universe and God have given me the opportunity to witness the miracles of life. Thank you organ donors for sharing your life.
Today I know that organ donation is love and is a miracle. My mom was my first donor and my dad was the second. I am grateful and lucky to have them in my life and never let go.