Sammy Castillo here. As many of you know In Oct 2014 Tommy’s battle with Diabetes took a severe turn for the worst & he nearly died. His heart stopped for about 60 seconds. We have been battling to save his eyesight since 2013 & had successes & Failures. Despite our efforts, it continues to ravage Tommy’s body.
In Mar of 2016, Tommy nearly died due to Potassium poisoning. He was hospitalized for 5 days & it was confirmed that he was in stage 4-kidney failure with 12% kidney function. Tommy, again was blind because of Retinopathy. He was completely blind- no light, just suffocating & crushing darkness. His eyes were filled with blood blocking the light. Due to his lack of kidney function, his body wasn’t reabsorbing the blood. In May, Tommy was diagnosed with End Stage Renal disease -his kidneys could no longer function enough to sustain life. He was put on dialysis, which replaces 10-15% kidney function only enough to keep him alive & functioning. Without kidney function, Tommy’s blood pressure is regulated by medication. He can have a stroke or heart attack at any time. The Dialysis has cleared his vision of blood.
In Aug 2016 Tommy’s vision returned. It was the first GOOD thing to happen. However the good times were not to last.
Dec 2016 he suffered a stroke, which paralyzed his right side for nearly 2 months. He lives in constant pain & has a very poor quality of life. His energy allows him to work only 3-4 hours a day if that. He has trouble walking & is now suffering from Anemia. He has to get regular injections & blood transfusions to keep from having a heart attack.
I explained all of this because of this next sentence. I, Sammy Castillo am a perfect match to donate a kidney. I can save my husband’s life, but I need your help.
We are currently getting Tommy approved for surgery by the Tampa General Transplant Center. To be approved we need to prove we can afford the first year of medication that will be $15,000. Approval process is 6 months from Feb 1st. If we cannot raise the money in time they will deny him & we will be unable to get him surgery. If he is turned down there is a possibility that it will be a permanent denial, which means Tommy, will never be able to get the surgery & he’ll be forced to stay on Dialysis for the rest of his life. Life expectancy for Dialysis patients is around 10 years. Life expectancy for Tommy with my kidney is 40+ years.
If we get denied, that means I -No WEonly have 9 & a half more years with him. Tommy puts so much good & light into this world as a good man, helping others become better at not only art but life as well. I cannot imagine only 9 more years of that. I can’t help but think of the 30+ years of chances, experiences & lives he could change & touch. 9 years just isn’t enough for me, not when I have the means to save him & the odds of me being a good match are pretty astronomically small.
I would do anything for Tommy. However right now I am at my lowest. Please help me save My Husband’s life.
9 more years just isn’t enough for me & it’s not enough for all of you.
Please help in any way you can even if it is just $1.00 that’s one more closer to getting him my kidney. If you cannot donate please share this.
Thank you from the bottom of my heart & soul,
P.s. There is a very small chance that I will be unable to donate even though I am considered a good match. If you are interested in donating please call:Tampa General Hospital Living donor program