Man needs kidney after donor change mind over coronavirus

Man needs kidney after donor change mind over coronavirus

A New Jersey man with kidney failure is praying for a miracle after a donor had a change of heart amid coronavirus concerns, according to a report.

“Come through here and help me out here,” said Thomas Minardi of Franklin Lakes, according to WPVI-TV. “It’s my prayer. I say it every night. “

The married father of three said he had only about 7 percent kidney function and would die soon if another donor discovered.

“I worked hard my entire life. I never get tired, have lots of energy. I could do the work of three men, but now, by 10:30, getting out of gas, ”said Minardi, 59, who owns Mama Minardi Cookies.

Things were looking up earlier this year when doctors found a match and scheduled surgery for right after Easter – but it was put on hold when the pandemic struck.

“I thought I could last another month or two,” Minardi said. “It’s not what I can. … When you have a little hope there, you’re holding onto it. ”

The surgery was rescheduled for early July, but in yet another blow to Minardi, the donor backed out because of uncertainty during the outbreak.

“I had to get this catheter put in ASAP so I could start some home dialysis,” he said. “Can be obtained to much lower than 7 percent. You’re not a lot of percentage. “

He said he is now waiting, “hoping someone will see this and come through with a kidney for me so I can go full speed ahead again.”

Potential donors may contact Kathleen Murdock at Hackensack Meridian Health at 551-996-4453 or Sara-Marie Castellvi at Saint Barnabas Medical Center at 973-322-2143.