Identical Twins With Identical Kidney Disease Urge Coloradans To Become Living Donors


THE FACT THAT YOU CAN LEND A HELPING HAND WHEN YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW THE PERSON NEXT TO YOU. ORLANDO PLANS TO TURN THE SITE OF THE SHOOTINGS INTO A PERMANENT MEMORIAL. IDENTICAL TWINS FROM THORNTON SHARED IDENTICAL PROBLEM, BOTH HAVE A RARE DISEASE THAT HAS LEAD TO KIDNEY FAILURE. ONE TWIN IS SCHEDULED FOR A KIDNEY TRANSPORT THIS MONTH BUT THE OTHER ONE IS WAITING FOR A DONOR. HEALTH SPECIALIST KATHY WALSH JOINS US TONIGHT. THERE IS A CRITICAL SHORTAGE OF KIDNEYS AVAILABLE FOR TRANSPLANT IN COLORADO. Reporter: NEARLY 1900 PEOPLE ARE WAITING FOR A KIDNEY HERE IN COLORADO. TOMORROW IS COLORADO LIVING DONOR DAY. IT IS A CELEBRATION OF THE COURAGE OF LIVING ORGAN DONORS BUT IT ALSO SHINES THE SPOTLIGHT ON THE NEED FOR MANY MORE. WE SHARED A ROOM. Reporter: INSEPARABLE SISTERS IN A BED AT CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL , SIDE-BY-SIDE AS USUAL. HALEY AND AUBREY ATOMS ARE IDENTICAL TWINS. THEY HAVE THE SAME EYES, THE SAME SMILES AND THE SAME SICKNESS. IT IS CALLED FS GS. Reporter: THE DUO WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE AT FOUR YEARS OLD. THEY HAVE LIVED WITH WEAKNESS, HEADACHES AND SWELLING. NOW, AT AGE 20, KIDNEY FAILURE. ON THIS DAY, AUBREY IS PREPARING FOR SURGERY. A MACHINE SPINS AND SEPARATES HARMFUL ANTIBODIES FROM HER BLOOD. IT IS A CRITICAL STEP TOWARD A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT. ALREADY HAS FOUND A LIVING DONOR. INCREDIBLY, IT IS HER BEST FRIEND NIKKI’S IDENTICAL TWIN SISTER, KENZIE. SHE IS THE PERFECT PERSON FOR IT. SHE IS REALLY SELFLESS. SHE DOES NOT EVEN THINK TWICE. Reporter: MEANWHILE, HALEY IS ON THE LIST FOR A KIDNEY. IT WILL BE HER SECOND TRANSPLANT. I AM WAITING FOR SOMEONE TO STEP UP. TROPHIES SISTERS WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR EACH OTHER INCLUDING GIVING A KIDNEY IF THEY COULD. NOW, THEY ARE URGING OTHERS TO BECOME LIVING DONORS. YOU HAVE TWO KIDNEYS, WHY NOT SHARE. TOMORROW, COLORADO LIVING DONOR DAY IN THE AMERICAN TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION WILL COME HERE AND TAKE PHONE CALLS FROM 3 PM UNTIL 7 PM ANSWERING YOUR QUESTIONS ABOUT TRANSPLANTATION, LIVING DONATION AND ALSO TAKING DONATIONS TO SUPPORT TRANSPLANT

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