I am Elizabeth Mullins. I am a wife and a mother of an adult son who is on the autism spectrum. I am a social worker. I am active in my church and in the lives of my friends and family. And I am in kidney failure.
In November of 2016, my kidneys failed and I began dialysis. While dialysis can prolong the life of a person in kidney failure, it only replaces about 15% of kidney function and can lead to a host of other complications. The three-year survival rate for patients on dialysis is approximately 70%, but the five-year survival rate drops to 40%. The only answer for me is a kidney transplant. I am on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) list for a cadaver kidney; however, that list is years long. It is also true that a living organ transplant tends to be more successful and long-lasting. I did have a willing, living donor, but, very late in the game, something occurred that made him ineligible to donate. That is where you might come in! We, human beings, are very blessed to be born with two kidneys, when only one is necessary for us to live and be healthy. Living organ donation is covered by Medicare, and there are no costs to the donor. There is much more information that I could share, but I will leave it at this for now. If you are interested in exploring how to donate, please click on the button below to be taken to a living organ donor preliminary evaluation at IU Health in Indianapolis. All you will need is my name (Elizabeth Mullins). The form gives a space for an anonymous ID for the recipient, but those are no longer used. Or, if you would prefer, feel free to call me at the number given above, and we can talk further. Thank you so much for considering me, and God bless!
As I am sure you can imagine, the journey to transplant is not an inexpensive one. Direct costs (both to me and a donor) are covered by insurance, but there are many related costs that add up quite quickly. My transplant team is in Indianapolis, Indiana, which is some distance from me. Because I live outside of the Indianapolis metropolitan area, there are considerable travels costs for the time surrounding the transplant itself as well as significant pre- and post-surgical care. There will be these costs for my living donor, as well. Because IU Health does not offer housing for adult patients’ families, there will be the burden of housing for my donor’s loved ones, in addition to expenses for mine, since I am required to have a support person with me while I am hospitalized. Meals, parking, and all the other incidentals add up quickly. I would also like to be able to reimburse my donor for any time he or she must be absent from work. Down the road, I will incur what could be considerable co-pays for anti-rejection medications which are used to keep my new kidney for as long as possible.
If you would like to help me meet these (and possibly other) costs, please click on the link at the bottom of this column. You will be taken to a GoFundMe page for my transplant. Should you wish to contribute in some other manner, or if you’d like to speak with me for more information, please feel free to call me at the number given above. I will be pleased to talk with you. Thank you, and may God bless you!