KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Several 41 Action News viewers reached out to help Amy Staples in her battle for a new kidney, but now she needs financial help before she can get any medical assistance. Amy said before she can get back on the transplant list and get a transplant, she has to raise enough money for transportation costs for the numerous visits to the hospital before and after surgery.
Amy is battling Polycystic Kidney Disease. It destroyed her kidneys and they had to be removed. She has been on dialysis for more than a decade and spends more than 40 hours a week at home in a chair hooked up to her large dialysis machine.
"I consider it a full-time job," Amy said, shaking her head.
She'd rather be working, but she recently had to stop working full-time. Her condition doesn't allow a lot of physical labor. The genetic disease has already killed her two sisters and one brother while they were waiting for a transplant on dialysis just like her.
She makes the two-hour drive to Kansas City with her husband regularly for pain management treatment. Between her type-O blood and complications from a blood infection, she is an incredibly difficult match for a donor. That's part of the reason she has been waiting so long although the average wait time in our area is about two years.
About a year ago, Amy decided enough was enough and put a large painted sign in her front yard declaring her need for a kidney donor. She says hundreds, about three people a day, stop to take pictures. Only about 10 of them have called. No one yet has been a donor, but Amy remains hopeful. She just needs one.
If you'd like to donate, go to Amy's fundraising page here: http://bit.ly/1934WcU