Kidney Transplant for my African Student

$2,169 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 61 months
Stephanie Blumensaat  Nanaimo, BC
Hi All,

I am raising money for Rachel, an amazing young woman that I sponsored through nursing school in Kenya. She is in desperate need of a kidney transplant as earlier this year she was diagnosed with End Stage Renal disease, has been undergoing dialysis and now needs a kidney transplant. She needs to raise a few thousand dollars to cover the cost of the transplant which is scheduled for January 28 if she is able to raise enough money by January 24. Her older 32 year old brother has been identified as a match. As of January 18 the hospital has confirmed that she is in stable condition but that she has not been doing well.

A little background about Rachel - Upon graduation from nursing school she immediately got a job in a hospital in Nairobi. Once she was making an income she paid it forward by paying for the educational needs of two orphaned children and sent money back to her parents to help them with medical costs due to heart disease and diabetes. She is an amazing woman who from day one has been ever so grateful for me helping her through nursing school and her entire focus has always been on how she can help others in her country. We have maintained a regular relationship of letters, emails and photos over the past few years. I welcome the opportunity to try and help her in this challenging time. I welcome your contribution no matter how small!! Every little bit adds up. If you donate, I will provide you with regular updates on her progress. She is mailing me some updated photos now. The photo on here shows her at work (she is on the right).
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Update 17
Posted by Stephanie Blumensaat
57 months ago
Rachel has been released from the hospital and is recovering at home. While her health is excellent, she unfortunately is experiencing immense grief as her father passed away a few days ago. She tells me he is the one who inspired who to become a nurse. Please keep her and her family in your thoughts.
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Update 16
Posted by Stephanie Blumensaat
58 months ago
Hello All,

Rachel now undergoing immunosuppressive therapy so that her body will not reject her brother's donor kidney. The surgeon has told me that she is doing very well so far and he could release her from the hospital however the hospital requires Rachel to pay the remaining balance of the surgery before she can leave the hospital. Meantime, while she remains in the hospital, she is incurring daily bed charges. (We have confirmed that this is "standard practice" in Kenya's private hospital system.)

Rachel's family recently held a fundraiser and raised quite a bit of money. The local MP has also contributed generously as has the hospital she previously worked at as a nurse.

At this point we still need to raise $1800 so if you have any ideas or people or organizations you could forward this request on to it would be very much appreciated. The surgeon's contact information as well as an official medical report from him can be provided upon request if necessary.

Sincerely,
Stephanie Blumensaat
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Update 15
Posted by Stephanie Blumensaat
58 months ago
Rachel is doing very well and will likely be released from the hospital, in three days, to her parents care. The main fundraising push was to raise enough money to pay for the surgery deposit so Rachel could receive a transplant asap. Thanks to all of you we achieved that.

However Rachel still owes the hospital approximately over $9000 to complete full payment for the surgery. If you know of anyone or any organization that you think could donate towards this remaining amount it would be greatly appreciated. I will continue to post updates.

Again, thank you very much.
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Update 14
Posted by Stephanie Blumensaat
59 months ago
Rachel's surgery according to her surgeon and nurse:
Rachel's surgery went relatively well. It took longer than expected and she took longer than usual to wake from the anaesthesia so she is in ICU but they have been able to take her off of oxygen and hope to move her to a ward soon.

Rachel's brother (the kidney donor) was discharged from the hospital a couple of days ago and is recovering at home.

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Jonathan Ledrew
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love is the only cure...

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$2,169 of $3,000 goal

Raised by 36 people in 61 months
Created December 06, 2011
Stephanie Blumensaat  
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Mary
57 months ago

Here's to a speedy and comfortable recovery, and a healthy future life.

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Brian S
59 months ago

Best wishes for a speedy and full recovery

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Michelle Spring
59 months ago

For Rachel's transplant. xo

Jonathan Ledrew
50 months ago
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love is the only cure...

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