Ore. man in need of transplant takes finding kidney to the streets

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by KDRV

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 23, 2013 at 9:31 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jan 23 at 11:56 AM

BEAVERTON, Ore. (KDRV12)  — A Beaverton man is begging on the side of the road, but he doesn’t want your change.

Twenty-eight-year-old Earl Martinez was born with a genetic kidney disease and has been receiving dialysis treatments four hours a day, three times a week for the past 18 months.

He’s been waiting more than a year to get a kidney transplant. Martinez says he decided to try and find a donor by holding up a sign on the side of the road that says ‘need kidney donor’ at local intersection.

“My insurance would cover all medical cost upon my side and the donors side, so the donor would have no medical costs,” Martinez said.

All he needs now is a matching candidate. Martinez has a hereditary disease called alport syndrome, so his family cannot donate a kidney to him.

If you want to help Mr. Martinez you can contact him through his Facebook page.

 

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