Roy's Kidney Transplant Help
This is my story for the battle for my life. I understand that many others have medical issues just like me, but this is my story:
On December 26, 2014 I was rushed to the hospital with what they called peripheral edema; fluid over load that affected my lungs preventing me from breathing, fluid around my heart giving me pain, as my heart was not able to function properly and affecting just about all of my other organs. My tongue even swelled causing difficulty in talking. The doctors advised that if I would have waited on coming in to the hospital then I would not have seen the New Year of 2015, I would have died. I was placed on emergency dialysis to save my life.
The reason I’m writing this letter to you is because I need your help. I have ESRD End-Stage Renal Disease, kidney failure. Today I’m declining with 5% use of both kidneys.
My Doctor advises that I have three choices:
1. I receive a kidney transplant that would prolong my life 20 + years. She advised that the kidney transplant procedure is common and helps.
2. Go on dialysis for the rest of my life, 4 hours a day 3 days a week. Which I have conducted some research discovering that the average life span of someone on dialysis is 5 to 7 years at the cost of $200,000.00 a year and this does not include any other cost that could be incurred during the treatments. Basically, over a 5 to 7 year period, the cost will reach well over a million dollars, and then the battle is lost.
3. Or just do nothing and die.
I can tell you this right now; I am not ready to die. I have 5 children and 2 grandchildren. I have so far walked my eldest daughter down the aisle at her wedding and would like the opportunity to walk my other two daughters someday.
In 2015 I will have dedicated 29 years serving the public as a law enforcement officer. Out of the 29 year I have been shot at, knives pulled on me as well as physically attacked. I have devoted more than half of my life protecting the public as a law enforcement officer.
When I called my employer’s Risk Management Department over our medical plan and asked what I needed to do on my end for starting the application process so I could be added to the kidney transplant list, I was shocked to hear the lady on the phone say, “We don’t cover live organ transplants, and it’s in the exclusions.” So she basically told me,” I hope you had a good life”.
When I contacted Hermann Memorial Hospital about the application process I needed to submit to be placed on a transplant list, they advised me that I would be rejected due to not being covered under insurance. I asked about financing but she advised that if my insurance does not cover it then they cannot finance me.
I asked about personal financing and they advised me that I would need $15,000.00 to be tested to see if I can be put on a transplant list and additional $150,000.00 to be able to be placed on the a list for a transplant. This is not covering a donor cost or any other additional cost for medications. Money I don’t have.
I asked about associations that could help me, and they advised that I would need insurance coverage and be on a transplant list before they would talk to me about or to see if they could help me.
So as you can see I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place.
I’m looking for some help, to help cover the cost of medical expenses from my hospital and doctor’s visits, drugs that my medical plan does not cover and money for help with a kidney transplant.
Thank you for your time,
Rosendo (Roy) Jimenez
Well its going on 2 years since I was rushed to the hospital and put on emergency dialysis for kidney failure. During this time, I have battled with some medical insurance issues that have been resolved. I went through the transplant evaluation and was accepted. I had 8 very wonderful and generous people contact the transplant center offering to be a donor but due to unforeseen circumstances, they were not eligible to donate. I thank God for the great work that my dialysis nurses and doctors do for me every day; keeping me alive. To remain on the transplant list, I am evaluated weekly and so far, all my blood work has been great but the only problem I’m having is keeping my weight down to where they would like for me to be for a transplant, after two years it’s getting harder since the weight is fluid from the kidneys not functioning as they should. I’m only allowed to drink 32 oz. of any fluid a day. Trust me it’s not that easy to do.
I would like to thank everyone who has prayed and is still praying for me. My family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Every day is a blessing.
I would also like for everyone to pray for my friend, Chris Rogers, a Brother in Blue and a Brother Mason who has had a long series of medical issues, as well as many other law enforcement officers across this great nation who have been targeted because we dedicate our lives by wearing a badge to protect the citizens and this Nation.
Thank You and God Bless
Please Help Save My Life
Need Kidney Donor
Blood Type B or O
I have worked as a Law Enforcement officer for about 30 years serving and protecting the public. Now I am asking for the public’s help.
My story of the battle endured for the last year:
Call the Methodist Transplant Center at
Rosendo (Roy) Jimenez
God Bless and Thank You
I received a call from the Methodist Transplant Center advising me after several months of testing, I have been approved to be on the transplant list. Our prayers have been answered.
With this approval, family and friends can now contact the Transplant Center if they wish to consider donating a kidney on my behalf.
The phone number for inquiry on how to become a donor is 713-441-5451, just give my name, Rosendo Jimenez. Anyone calling will be asked some basic medical questions and if they meet the requirements can proceed through the testing procedures to verify candidacy for transplant.
If you have any questions in reference to this procedure, feel free to call me. For those who are interested in donating to help save my life or someone else’s, my family and I thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
We are truly blessed.
Rosendo (Roy) Jimenez
wish I could help you out, your story touched my heart, but im unemployed and broke right now, trying to recover myself from a x friend who stole 7k from me and now im struggling to rebuild myself , god bless you will be ok.
Again, Molly is correct, they pay 100%. I received a transplant 5 years ago and am on full medicare ever since. Another thing you may be learning is that having a living donor is always best. Two more hints... I received my transplant at Intermountain Medical in Murray, Utah. My wait time was 9 months and from an anonymous living donor. Oregon also has a good program so you may want to go out of state. Oh by the way, the damage from renal failure started piling up after the transplant. Be sure and keep your heart healthy and eat right. If you want to talk, my email is email@example.com.
Misread the amount! Thought we were 95.00 away from 20,000.00. We will get there though!
Molly is right Roy. You have to sign up for Medicare, which becomes your primary and Montgomery County Insurance will be secondary, Was still with HPD when my kidneys failed and had to go on dialysis for 2 1/2 years while working before being blessed with a transplant in 2001. I know what your going through and will be praying for you and your family.
Imagine if this was your life. Kick in that extra job check.
Just a thought....Have you called Medicare? You can qualify before turning 65 if you have kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant without a waiting period. Maybe call Medicare or the Medicare Rights Center (non-profit) to ask about eligibility with this diagnosis. Thank you for all that you do!
I first want to say thank you for your years of service. I think the general public does not comprehend what police officers endure. I will send this to as many people in power I can. It's all about getting somebody who can help or news stations covering it. In general the people in charge don't want to say yes we know it's wrong but that,s the way it is on tv. God bless you and your family. When I read about stuff like this and think about how much money the medical system makes it upsets me that people don't fight for the people.
You are in my thoughts and prayers! I pray that you receive all necessary means for continued health and quality of life! Bless you and thank you for your dedicated service to the general public. Amen!
Roy thank you for working so hard to keep us safe at Market Street all these years. I am sharing your story every way I can! You're in my prayers.
we just went through this with my cousin and thankfully they saved a lot of money because his son donated his kidney for his dad. It saves a lot of money! He had to go through a bunch of stuff that pronged the surgery because he had to get down to a certain weight. He had it done in Janiary and him and his son are both doing wonderful! I wish you the best of luck! We had a bunch of benefits to pay for everything! I am praying for you and your family to help you all through these tough times!
You may not remember me, but I worked at Stadia for a long time and you spent a lot of time in there protecting us from rowdy drunks. I am forever grateful for your service. Unfortunately, I am currently unable to donate any money. But I will most certainly keep you in my prayers. This is so heartbreaking to hear.