|We Need Your Help!|
|Tuesday, 09 March 2010 20:51|
Today, the Scleroderma Care Foundation embarks upon a mission of vital importance, and we are counting on your help.
One of our dearest Scleroderma patients and friend, Agnes Basil-James, is on the verge of Renal or kidney failure and we are seeking out a qualified kidney donor. Currently, her kidneys are operating at around 2% efficiency and she undergoes dialysis treatment several times per week. Agnes is also the longest known survivor of Scleroderma in Trinidad & Tobago, having been diagnosed with the disease in 1986, some 24 years ago.
As many are aware, Systemic Scleroderma can cause musculoskeletal, pulmonary, gastrointestinal, renal, and other complications. Renal involvement in Scleroderma is typically considered a poor prognostic factor and frequent cause of death. Approximately 5-10% of all Scleroderma patients develop renal crisis at some point in the course of their disease, and is most common in diffuse coetaneous Scleroderma, often associated with antibodies against RNA polymerase (in 59% of cases). Many proceed to dialysis, although this can be stopped within three years in about a third of all cases.
Our programme, for as long as it takes, would seek to find an applicable donor for Agnes. From today, we would be featuring several articles on our site, on the nature and function of the kidneys, and associated renal involvement in Scleroderma. We also seek to provide some assistive and invaluable information on how you can become an organ donor yourself, along with tips for taking much better care of your very own kidneys.
It is our very sincere hope that someone out there, with blood group O, reading this, would be willing to come forward and assist Agnes. We would also like to encourage everyone reading this to please share with family, friends, co-workers, and associates, as our request for assistance may just reach the right person.
Agnes has been so kind as to share with us all, her story, which you can read here. For more information, please do feel free to contact us via email here, or phone at 756-3930 or 685-3213. Also, join us on Facebook or Twitter, where we would post updates as we progress.
President, Scleroderma Care Foundation