Dear brothers and sisters, my name is Nizam Ramji. I’m a 53yr old Ismaili Muslim living in Vancouver, Canada.
I’m writing to let you know about my medical situation. I have progressive kidney disease. It’s at the end-stage level and my doctors have recommended exploring the option of receiving a kidney transplant. They have told me that while dialysis will certainly help me, a transplant is the best medical treatment. The waiting time for a deceased donor kidney is 3-5 years and I have been advised to try to find someone who may be willing to donate a kidney to me. I am writing this letter with the hopes that someone may consider coming forward to be tested.
I want to be clear that I would only want a donor who does not feel any pressure to donate. I’ve learned that for some people the idea of kidney donation is a natural fit for them, and if that’s you, then I hope you may consider helping me. If the idea of donation is not comfortable for you, I want you to know that I understand, and that your decision to not come forward will not affect our relationship in any way.
Kidney disease impacts every area of my life. Kidney failure causes a loss of energy and a lot of physical and mental fatigue and constant muscle aches. My food choices are limited and often don’t feel well enough to socialize with family and friends and do the activities I enjoy. This constant battle against tiredness also affects my ability to work or to contribute to society as I have all my life. The renal disease also can cause you to feel very weak both physically and psychologically in that there is no purpose to your life other than to survive. My understanding is that a successful kidney transplant will improve and relieve many of my symptoms and eventually allow me to return to a normal way of life again.
I’ve learned it’s possible for kidney donors to live a normal and healthy life with just one kidney. Donors are carefully medically screened to make sure it is safe for them to donate. The transplant team makes the donor’s health and well-being a priority. I was also interested to learn donors don’t have to be a relative or be an exact blood match in order to donate although being a matching blood type (mine being O+) would make the transplant more likely.
Lastly, if you would like to donate specifically to me, this is the
B.C. transplant ID# 21204 you can quote to the Vancouver General Hospital Transplant Team (see number below).
I understand this is an extremely personal decision and there is a lot to think about. If you would like to gather more information and explore kidney donation further, feel free to contact…
the donor nurse coordinator at St. Paul’s Hospital (ph: 604 806 9027/ 1-877-922-9822; firstname.lastname@example.org)
Vancouver General Hospital (ph: 604 875-5182/1-855-875-5182; email@example.com)
or go to…
the BC Transplant website (www.transplant.bc.ca).
By exploring donation I want to assure you it is not a commitment to becoming a donor and you can make the choice to back away from the process at any point. You can also explore donation confidentially or I’d be happy to chat with you about it as well.
Thank-you for your care and concern, and letting me share my medical situation with you.