It’s been a while, so we wanted to update you on Mary Ashley’s status. She is currently going to an outpatient facility for dialysis three times a week, and each session lasts 3-4 hours. Due to the length of time she has been waiting for a kidney, her medical team has been brainstorming ways to decrease the antibodies Mary Ashley has built up. As you know, these antibodies are the reason she’s only a match with 1% of the population–the reason finding a kidney has been so difficult.
There is a possibility that chemotherapy could decrease these antibodies. If a kidney donor is not found soon, Mary Ashley will begin chemo to hopefully reduce the antibodies and widen her pool of potential matches.
We are also trying to get her on the donor list in multiple states in an effort to expand our search.
So many of you have already been tested, and we are so grateful. If you know of anyone who may be interested in being tested, please let them know that the process is very simple! The donor information on the How To Donate A Kidney tab can help answer any questions and contains all the paperwork needed to get the process started. The health history form is now available to fill out online, which simplifies and expedites the process.
Thank you so much for your continued support of Mary Ashley. We know that a kidney is out there!
Here are a few more pictures from Mary Ashley’s princess afternoon and some others that have been taken since we last updated!