Kidney Transplant Gives Brian Broadwater a Second Chance at a Normal Healthy Life
After 6 ½ years of being on dialysis, Brian Broadwater received a kidney transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center on Valentine's Day. Now, Brian says the transplant has given him a second chance at a normal, happy life.
My name is Brian Broadwater. I was diagnosed with kidney failure caused by a severe case of strep throat. On February 14, 2010, after 6 ½ years of being on hemodialysis, I received a kidney transplant at the University of Maryland Medical Center's Transplant Center.
One of the reasons I remained on dialysis for so long was that I was obese and had to have gastric bypass surgery before I would even be eligible for a transplant. It took about two years to get that surgery approved, and then I had to wait at least one year after that surgery to have a kidney transplant. I lost over 200 pounds since my gastric bypass surgery, and this past April I was deemed eligible for a kidney transplant.
My daughter was going to be a living donor, but because of some medical issues, she was unable to donate a kidney to me. I then decided to have a cadaver donation.
On February 13th at about 8 p.m., the transplant center called and said they might have a matching kidney coming in. At 11 p.m. that night, they called again and said "Come on in, we have a kidney match for you." You have no idea what goes through one's mind when you get that phone call. We got to the hospital at 3:30 a.m. the next morning and they had me ready for surgery at 7 a.m.
My transplant surgeon was Dr. Rolf Barth. He had me in surgery by 7:30 a.m., and I remember waking up at noon, after the transplant was over. I was hurting a little bit, but was feeling better already. The next day I was able to sit up in my chair and that evening, I started to walk. I walked a little more each day, and four days later, they sent me home.
It has been five weeks since my surgery and I am doing great, I feel excellent. I am still sore from the surgery, but I am not in any pain. I have my blood work done twice a week, and although I live three hours away, I still go to my appointments and take all of my medications like I'm supposed to. My creatinine level is down to 1.0 and everything is going great!
I cannot say enough about the excellent care that I have received at UMMC, from pre-transplant all the way through the post-transplant care that I am still receiving. Any and all of my questions are answered, and everyone has treated me wonderfully. I would recommend this transplant center to anyone who needs a transplant.
I want to thank everyone at UMMC for the excellent care I have received in the past, and continue to receive now. I also want to thank the donor and his family, who so graciously donated the kidney that has given me a second chance at having a normal, happy and healthy life.
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