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Patient Stories

John Romero

kidney , psl

04/05/2017

John Romero was born with Alport's Disease, a rare, hereditary kidney disease that over time drastically lowers the functionality of the kidney. When John turned about 30-years-old, his kidney function rapidly deteriorated forcing him on kidney dialysis and to eventually be added to the transplant waitlist. Having Type-O blood made his challenge even greater since he could only receive a kidney from a Type-O donor. Unbeknownst to John and his wife, Carolyn, Carolyn’s mom April was being tested at Presbyterian/St. Luke’s (P/SL) to see if she was a match. John and Carolyn will never forget the day April told them the amazing news. Thanks to Dr. Vidya Bhandaram, Dr. Michael Shomaker and the P/SL Transplant Team, John and April underwent a successful kidney transplant procedure. John is happy, healthy and couldn’t be more thrilled to be a husband and a dad. 

Learn more about the Living Donor Program.