My brother, Martin Doering, is a 28-year-old man in need of a lifesaving kidney transplant. A few months ago Martin was diagnosed with end stage kidney failure and is currently on dialysis three times a week. There is suspicion that the cause for both of his kidney’s to fail is a disease called IGA Nephropathy, a disease he acquired genetically and for which there is no known cure.
There were signs of this illness in his childhood but he was never properly diagnosed. In severe cases, this illness can fester undetected until it causes end stage kidney failure 20 years after symptoms have first occurred, and unfortunately that is what seems to have happened to Martin. Until a living kidney donor can be found, he is on dialysis treatment 3 times a week for 4 hours.
September 29, 2016
Martin and Scott both made it through the surgery successfully. The doctors said Scott donated a very nice kidney. And it is already working!!!
We are incredibly relieved and thankful. We know the next couple of weeks are going to be rough especially for Martin but now it is all about healing. We continue to appreciate your donations, as the biggest bills are yet to come we really appreciate the help! Thank you.
September 27, 2016
Martin has one more dialysis treatment before the surgery. In the photo he and Scott are hanging out after a day of final tests. Scott is going to donate his left kidney for Martin. The kidney transplant surgery is scheduled for Wednesday September 28th in the morning.
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December 25, 2016
Merry Christmas, Martin! Glad to hear you made it through the surgery!
November 7, 2016
Hi Martin! I found your campaign through our mutual friend Alice W in SF. Coincidentally, I was just diagnosed with early stages igA Nephropathy a few days ago. I'm happy to hear you've received your transplant and the outlook is positive! I hope things get easier for you from here. I'll keep you in my thoughts. :)
October 4, 2016
Martin, To you and your brother in law. I'm so happy that everything went so well. Time will make and continue to make things better. Your a Gods gift to your friends, family and all of us. Wishing you all best in your continued recovery. Keep up your strength, keep your mind strong! And give thanks to the Big Guy! And of course the Big Guys special hands he works through making the surgery capable and successful!
September 28, 2016
Best wishes Martin and Scott in your recoveries!