Local Woman's Plea For A Kidney

March 3, 2012 Updated Mar 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM EDT

By WKBW News

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March 3, 2012 Updated Mar 3, 2012 at 1:15 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) More than a 100,000 people in this country are in need of a lifesaving organ transplant, and an average of 18 people die every day waiting for a donor.

A local woman, who is need of a kidney transplant, is making a public plea for help. 24-year old Jessica Frysz lost the use of her kidneys at a very young age, and now her only hope is for a stranger to come forward to donate.

Eyewitness News Anchor Joanna Pasceri has her story.

Jessie has been on dialysis since she was a year old. The process is taking a toll on her life. It's causing her veins and arteries to shrink and harden, and she now receives dialysis through her legs.

Jessie had a kidney transplant when she was 11. The donor was a 40-year old woman who died in a car crash, but the organ was rejected, and it was back to dialysis.

Jessie's doctors are now putting hope in a living donor and a new drug that they believe will allow her to accept the kidney transplant.
A simple blood test will reveal if someone is a compatible donor. Her family is not an option because her disease is genetic.

If you or someone you know is interested in taking a blood test to see if it's compatible, contact Jessie by phone or email. She can be reached at (716) 507-5981 or at shortfry06@aol.com.