Michelle has been battling kidney disease since she was fourteen years old. In April of 2002 her mother, Wanda, gave Michelle her first kidney. It was hoped that the transplant would last many years; however, in the first several months after her transplant she had a bout with the Ecoli virus. A few years later she had a bout with the BK virus, which caused significant renal stress. Luckily, with the help of her doctors she was able to battle back. Several years later, Michelle is still battling for her life; enduring peritoneal dialysis for nine hours nightly as she awaits a second kidney transplant. The average wait for a kidney in the United States is three to five years depending on blood type.
Michelle’s amazing brother, Tommy was tested to become a kidney donor. Tommy was just four months old when Michelle first began to have kidney failure. He has stood by her through the years before and after her first transplant. It probably goes without saying that they are very close. Unfortunately, Tommy was not a donor match. And so, Michelle continues her wait. Hopefully, she will receive her new kidney soon.
December 15, 2016
Michelle received a call on Tuesday, December 6, 2016 from the transplant coordinator. They believed that they had a perfect match kidney. Michelle went in for labs for the crossmatch, then she came home to do a dialysis treatment. The next morning, the transplant coordinator called and said that the kidney was a match. Michelle needed to be at the hospital by noon, checked in by 1:00pm, and the surgeon planned to operate around 2;00pm. The kidney surgery went well.
Michelle is currently recovering from the surgery. She is visiting the transplant institute three days a week as the doctors monitor her lab numbers and adjust the medications as necessary. Healling will take time, but we are looking forward to the future.
Thank you so much for all of the prayers and warm wishes. Your support has been invaluable.
Lots of Love,
The Benningfield Family
September 7, 2016
Still praying and waiting. Never give up.
September 22, 2013
Still waiting, but in hopes a new kidney will be yours soon.
April 17, 2013
We are still praying for you.