July 13, 2020
By Jordan Cryderman
A mother of five is fighting for her life as she battles Chronic Kidney Disease, and will continue to undergo treatment. But now she needs your help – she needs a new kidney.
Trina Nooski was diagnosed with Stage 4 kidney disease in 2015, and has been battling it ever since with medication and doctor appointment after doctor appointment. However, in 2019, things changed for Trina and her family – she was pregnant.
Trina was advised to not keep the baby because of her health concerns. Taking the baby to term would add extra strain to her already weakening body. Over time, she would eventually have to be put on dialysis, further putting her own life at risk.
Despite her health challenges, miraculously Trina survived the pregnancy and Easton Nooski was born on September 28, 2019. He was premature, but he was expected to make it. Trina’s case was so extraordinary, medical students were brought to her room regularly to ask questions.
Nine months later, Trina now has five children to care for, as her kidney disease has progressed. She now requires three dialysis appointments a week to manage her health, all while trying to raise her five children. Each appointment takes five hours, precious time she needs for her family. While dialysis is keeping her alive it isn’t a solution. What Trina needs is a new kidney.
Trina’s mother, Alberta Charlie, is active on social media asking for help, hoping someone, somewhere will be able to donate a kidney. Despite her efforts, she has not been successful but that will not stop her. She does it because she knows just how important Trina is to her family.
“She wants to see them grow up, see them graduate. Her kids need her, they need their mom.”
Finding a donor will not be easy. It requires to first find people who are willing to donate, and then get tested to see if they are a match. Alberta hopes though that at least one person will step forward for her daughter.
“Please give Trina a chance at life. We can live with one kidney. Her two are barely surviving.”
If you would like to learn more about the process of becoming a living donor and see if you are a match for donating a kidney, you can visit www.transplant.bc.ca/health-info/organ-donation/living-donation.
You can also contact living donor programs in BC:
Vancouver General Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney
604-875-5182 or 1-855-875-5182
St. Paul’s Hospital Living Donor Program – Kidney
604-806-9027 or 1-877-922-9822
You can also contact your local health care provider for more information.
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