VANCOUVER, Wash. (KOIN) — When Scott Warren’s kidneys failed about 4 years ago, he decided to be proactive about his future. He asked for a kidney donor via Facebook and it worked.
“I’m incredibly grateful, it’s been a long road for me in terms of me looking for a living kidney donor,” Warren tells KOIN 6 News.
Stephanie Holladay found Warren’s story online. She is a fitness trainer in the Portland area who is stepping away from that life to donate a kidney to a stranger.
“I’ve been having the time of my life while Scott has been fighting for his life.”
Holladay found out Friday she is a match for Warren.
“As I learned more about that process, how many people need live kidney donors, I couldn’t hold back what I had to give,” she says. “It just seemed like the right thing to do. If you are in good health and can donate a kidney, why not?”
Warren will continue to share stories of others in need of kidney donations on his Facebook page. He hopes people will see what Holladay did and take the steps to become a living donor.
“I think anyone who is a living donor is an angel.”About organ donations
Donate Life NW statistics show that in Oregon and Southwest Washington, there are more deceased donors than living donors.
Deceased donors: 138 organ donors, 746 tissue donors, 1659 eye donors
In 2014, statistics also show there were 54 living donors in Oregon, all of whom donated kidneys.
The total number of transplants from those donations in 2014 in Oregon and Southwest Washington show 349 organs, 64,761 tissues and 1659 corneas.
According to Donate Life NW:
— Over 80% of the U.S. Waiting List is comprised of people waiting for a kidney transplant.
— Due to higher incidences of renal health issues, Hispanic, African and Native Americans are disproportionately represented on the Waiting List.
— One organ donor can save up to 8 lives.
— One tissue donor can save more than 50 lives.
— More than 1 million tissue transplants are done each year.