Update on Returned Peace Corps Volunteer Seeking Kidney Match
By Alicia Nelson on Thursday, January 16th, 2014
Some of you may recall that we recently reached out to the community on behalf of Norman Sapoznik, a Returned Peace Corp Volunteer (Malaysia 1967-1969) who was in dire need of a kidney exchange.
Three days after our Facebook post in November of 2013, Norman contacted us with good news: he had heard back from three people willing to be considered for matching! It appeared that the journey to an eventual transplant would proceed smoothly, and he would be on track to recover and resume teaching in New York City.
Unfortunately, we have just learned that for various reasons, these matches have not been able to progress, leaving Norman, who was poised for the transplant, in difficult circumstances once again. Norman writes:
I need a kidney. I am physiologically ready now for a transplant, all I need is a donor. Sounds simple but it means everything. The waiting lists at transplant hospitals are years long and I don’t have years to wait. As a recently retired teacher, I planned to continue working at a Charter School but that’s impossible while a dialysis patient. It’s so frustrating to have so much experience and not be able to work…. So now I am in the awkward and unfamiliar position of asking for a kidney donation. Someone to say, “I will help you….”
Thank you sincerely brother and sister RPCVs and staff.
We are hopeful that a solution for Norman can be found in the near future.
Get the details on Norman’s kidney exchange needs here. To get in contact with Norman, email him at Sapofam@aol.com or contact the Presbyterian Weill-Cornell Organ Transplant Hospital in New York City at (212) 746-3099. And please be persistent, we understand that they are very busy.