Agawam resident Paige Anderson was diagnosed with membranous nephropathy, a serious kidney disorder, when she was just 16 years old. Over the years, kidney complications indicated that she would need a transplant, or live the rest of her life on dialysis. Her long-time friend, Jason Weaver, volunteered to donate one of his kidneys to help Paige, whenever it became necessary.
That day came about a year ago, when Paige started feeling very fatigued. Tests confirmed Paige needed a transplant, so she turned to Jason. Unfortunately, after a closer review, doctors determined Jason was not enough of a match for Paige. He was not able to donate, leaving everyone involved disappointed and scared.
However, thanks to the National Kidney Paired Donation Pilot Program, all hope wasn’t lost. As part of the program, Jason donated his kidney to a compatible recipient and, in return, Paige received a kidney from a donor in New York State.
March is National Kidney Month, a time to raise awareness about the prevention and early detection of kidney disease.
Nearly two months after surgery these close friends are helping spread the word about the National Donor Exchange Program and celebrating a successful transplant surgery at Baystate Medical Center.
For more information on Baystate Transplant services, visit BaystateHealth.org