I just had to repost this article from The Globe and Mail. 1. It’s about the refugee crisis. 2. It’s about kidney donation. 3. Mennonites are involved! Please read it.
The Globe and Mail
Published Sunday, Dec. 06, 2015 10:05PM EST
For more than 10 years, Edmonton’s Janet Machtoub has waited for the good news – a kidney that will renew her life and deliver her from chronic health problems and nine hours of daily dialysis treatment.
Her best chance yet is about to arrive.
Her sister, Laila Maaen, a Syrian refugee in Lebanon, is prepared to save her sister’s life by donating a kidney. She and her children are now in the final stages of the refugee process – and have been told by the Canadian embassy in Lebanon to get ready to travel.
“She’s giving something from her heart, from her body,” said Ms. Machtoub, 35, in an interview about her 45-year-old sister.
“I will be so happy when they enter Canada. … And I’m so happy for them because they will enter a good country,” she added.
The reunion of the two sisters – each giving the other a new lease on life – is all the more remarkable because of how quickly it all came together; it points to the fast-tracking of Syrian refugee applications as Canada tries to process and transport 25,000 refugees by the end of February.
The Mennonite Central Committee in Alberta submitted an application on Oct. 19 and raised $30,000 to sponsor Ms. Machtoub’s widowed sister and her four adult children currently living outside of Beirut.
The family, which is registered with the United Nations refugee agency, was interviewed on Nov. 27 and underwent medical checks three days later. Barring any serious medical issues, they are preparing to fly to Canada any day once their visas and airline tickets are issued.
“That will be a record,” said Orlando Vasquez, programs director at the Mennonite Central Committee and himself a refugee who arrived in Canada in 1984 from war-torn El Salvador.
Here are some highlights from the article with respect to kidney disease:
Janet Machtoub has been waiting for a kidney transplant for more than 10 years.
She undergoes nine hours of daily dialysis treatment.
As of 2013, 4,500 Canadians are waiting for an organ transplant. Almost 80 percent are waiting for a kidney transplant.
In Alberta alone 600 are waiting for an organ transplant; 70 die each year while waiting.