Newcastle mother appeals on Twitter for new kidney

Newcastle mother appeals on Twitter for new kidney

Joanne D'Onofrio, 46, from Newcastle, is currently on dialysis in the city's Freeman Hospital after falling seriously ill. At 18 she suffered kidney failure and had her first transplant a year later in 1991, but her body is now attacking the donor kidney. Almost 27,000 people have re-tweeted her appeal. She told BBC Newcastle she was "overwhelmed" by the response. She said a "cadaver kidney" would not work due to her high antibody count which would reject such an organ. She underwent surgery on Thursday morning to have a new dialysis line fitted to her lumbar vein, but if that fails "that would be it". In her tweet, she said: "I'm in desperate need of a kidney transplant and need a matching live donor. "I'm actually at the end of the road now, so need one pretty quickly to save my life." Of those, 85 were altruistic - meaning kidneys were donated voluntarily to a stranger. "A transplant from a living kidney donor is often the best chance of a successful transplant." Living kidney transplants have been performed in the UK since 1960 and there are currently 6,119 people on the transplant waiting list, including 4,828 people waiting for a kidney.

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Joanne D'Onofrio
Joanne D’Onofrio said she needed a kidney from a live donor “pretty quickly” to save her life

A mother has issued an urgent appeal on Twitter for a life-saving kidney.

Joanne D’Onofrio, 46, from Newcastle, is currently on dialysis in the city’s Freeman Hospital after falling seriously ill.

At 18 she suffered kidney failure and had her first transplant a year later in 1991, but her body is now attacking the donor kidney.

Almost 27,000 people have re-tweeted her appeal. She told BBC Newcastle she was “overwhelmed” by the response.

She said: “Even if I cant find a kidney, people could find them for other people.

Twitter post by @missmabh: I'm in desperate need of a kidney transplant & need a matching live donor, I'm actually at the end of the road now so need one pretty quickly to save my life, I don't suppose there is anyone out in twitterland who could help me with a social media campaign please?...

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