LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Every 14 minutes, someone is added to the kidney transplant list, and now an Idalou woman joins the list. Whitney Dodd says she is looking for the gift of life for the sake of her children.
“Scary. I really don’t know what the future holds,” said Dodd.
It was a couple of years ago when Dodd was advised not to have any more children because her kidneys were in poor shape, but she says she wanted children and took the chance. Now, her kidneys are facing the consequences. “I had my third and that’s when everything really came to light where my kidney function has declinded to the last stage. The final stage. I never thought it would get there.”
She says that with a smile, but deep down Dodd says she is terrified and so is her husband.
“She’s been incredible. She puts on a brave face and she continues to work real hard, but deep down we know if we don’t get some help, and someone doesn’t intervene, then we are going to be facing a pretty dire situation,” said Everette Dodd.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, 3,000 patients are added to the kidney waiting list each month. Dodd will now be one of those people so she and her family are turning to the public to ask anyone who can be tested to become a kidney donor to please do that. “For me, that’s really the main purpose. I need help. I need a kidney and that’s the main goal for people to get tested to see if there a match.”
She says the more people who apply, the better chance she has to get a new kidney. This isn’t just for her, she says its for her family, too.
“I’m really in a dire situation because I could potentially not see my kids again which is why its really hard for me to think that I might not be able to get to see them again if I don’t get a kidney,” said Dodd.
Dodd and her family have opened a GoFundMe to help with expenses for her and her future donor. To donate, click here. The is also more information on how to get tested to become Dodd’s donor in the GoFundMe link as well.