Kidney for Gabriel part 2
Over the last year Gabe and his family have had plenty of ups and downs. Gabe started the year in need of a second kidney, as his first one was failing.
The family spent most of the year away from home. Gabriel didn’t get to finish fourth grade with his classmates because he and his mom were in Sioux Falls, 350 miles away, where he was on dialysis. His dad and sister joined them whenever they could.
They moved on to the University Hospital in Minnesota. Finally a donor kidney was on its way! Due to some infections this surgery was delayed, but it finally happened. Gabriel had a healthy kidney! There were more weeks for the family in the hospital and Ronald McDonald House, more weeks away from home and work, but things were looking up.
Due to the balancing of all the meds to prevent rejection, maintain blood pressure, and take care of infections, Gabriel missed the first week of fifth grade with his classmates.
Finally he and the family got to come home to what they hoped would be a more normal school and work year.
He had his blood tested several times a week to make sure all the meds were doing their jobs. They discovered Gabriel would need stents put in to prevent blockage in the urine tubes. He ended up having to wear a bag to collect the urine until the stent surgery could take place. This was delayed because of infection after infection. He missed more school during this time.
Finally he and his parents were on their way back to Minnesota, over 500 miles from home, for the stent surgery. Everything was set up and scheduled, but more infections popped up, and the antibiotics were not working.
They missed spending Halloween with Gabriel’s sister and his friends.
Finally his stents were placed. He and his parents are still in Minnesota, hoping to soon get back to school and work and a more normal and calm life.
The Broghammers are forever grateful for all the prayers and help from friends, family, and kind strangers. The financial burden is as great as ever. Medical costs accumulating and unforeseen time spent in Minnesota, 570 miles away, Don has missed a lot of work to be with his family, and give Gabe the support that he needs. The Broghammers originally had asked for a kidney, and you gave.
We are now asking for help to alleviate the mountain of finances that have come. From Don being away from his job for a percentage of the year and minimal income coming in, the surgery, mortgage, doctors, tests, travel, credit cards, utilities, medical supplies, vehicle expenses, even laundry are adding up and taking a toll. The Broghammers need your help. Thank you in advance for anything that you can give to help. They, as a family, are grateful.
Again Gabe, his mom and dad and his sister thank everyone for their thoughts , their prayers and donations, their wanting to donate a kidney and most of all their support. THANK YOU!!!!
As some know, Gabe has been staying 300 miles from home for months now because of his need for dialysis. Well GREAT NEWS, Gabe should be in surgery today receiving his NEW KIDNEY!!!!!! I'm sure he and his family will need your good thoughts and prayers today and over the next few weeks. Gabe and his family would like to offer thanks for every dollar, every thought, and every offer of a kidney, from all the people out there that have been following Gabe's journey. Thank you.....
This past weekend was a roller coaster of emotions for the family. Saturday morning we got a call from Minnesota that Gabriel may have a kidney. The donor was in California. The emotions came when we found out the donor was brain dead and the family had a hard time letting go. How are to react to hearing that. Our son needs this kidney but why should we be so selfish not to understand what the family is going through. After 2 days of several phone calls explaining complications with organ donations, the family decided to donate to someone they know. It was a blow, then we thought that it was tough for that family too. Positive side, the search is yielding finds. It was a tough weekend. please share this and help us find that kidney.
Just read your story and believe it or not, at work last week myself and my co workers were talking about this very thing. I want you to know if I am compatible I'd be honored to donate a kidney to Gabriel. You can contact me thru FB messenger just sent it to Cindy Stanfield Huron SD
After you send in that information about yourself, how do you go about being tested? What kind of surgery does this take for like recovery or hospital stay? I might fit the bill with blood type, age and health- but was wondering about how long would I be off work, or what you have to do to get tested to see if your kidney will match? Thanks
It's been a long time since I've put anything on this site. In short. We are traveling to Sioux Falls to start Gabriel on dialysis. Christine and Gabriel will be there until we find him a kidney. They will come home once in awhile. I will travel there too. hings are going to be stressful for awhile. But we've been through a lot. Please keep sharing Gabriel's story so we can find him a kidney soon. Thank you. Don
Has anyone brought paired donation to your attention? In 2011 my son was the recipient of a paired donation at Avera Transplant in Sioux Falls. What that means is you so not have to have a matching living donor directly to Gabriel but if someone else has a living donor that doesn't match them but each person's donor matches the other person, you swap donors. This can constitute several swaps. See the Alliance for Paired Donation. This will increase the odds of your son receiving his donation. http://paireddonation.org/ I hope this helps. My prayers are with you.
We were able to change the ages from 18-35 to 18-55 years of age to be tested to be a donor. We thank everyone who has donated funds and volunteered to be tested. We need many more to be tested. He will be tough to find a match for due to antibodies built up in his body.