Dr. Patel’s Story

Beloved father and grandfather, 71-year-old radiologist Dr. Girish Patel has 2 children, 4 grandchildren and has been married to his college sweetheart for 47 years. Girish, Grandpa, immigrated to the United States in 1974, became a citizen in 1984 and has a long history of helping others through his 150-employee medical practice, Rotary club and the Indian Community.

12 years ago, Grandpa had an episode of bleeding in his stomach which resulted in additional testing. The doctors found that due to familial health history and a pain medication NSAID taken due to arthritis in the knee joints after an ankle fracture, his kidneys were damaged. Unfortunately, this progressive kidney disease became stage 5 failure in May 2018 and Grandpa has been undergoing nightly (8 hour) peritoneal dialysis since. This limits Grandpa’s opportunity to travel and live a normal life during his golden years.

Unfortunately, none of Grandpa’s blood relatives qualify to be his hero donor. Grandpa needs a Hero Donor with Type A or Type O blood to be a catalyst for life and provide a kidney transplant. Don’t be disappointed, there are other ways for motivated donors with other blood types to donate as well.

Grandpa is working with Scripps Clinic in San Diego, Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, St. Vincent Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles as he anxiously awaits a kidney donation.

My dad is one of the hardest working men I’ve ever known ever since I was little. I feel like he was always working hard for us, for our family, to provide for us, to build something and to help people.

Shivani, Daughter

He’s a great, loving, very dedicated man. We have been married for over 47 years. He’s a very well qualified doctor and he has really done good for a lot of people.

Pragati, Wife

He is someone who’s always seen through his responsibilities and now he needs us to rise up for him, but he’s also always understated, right? He’ll never ask for someone to do something for him.

Abhi, Son

THE GIFT OF LIFE

Some of the benefits to being a living donor include:

Giving a life back to someone special makes it possible for them to pay it forward and live a productive life!

The recipient will cover all of your expenses including lost wages, travel expenses, child care, medical expenses, etc.

Peace of mind that living kidney donors thrive with one kidney, just as they did with two kidneys.

Medical coverage for kidney-related health needs – for life.

Warranty for Life – all hero kidney donors go to the very top of the list if they ever were to need a kidney themselves.

THE DIFFERENCE A KIDNEY TRANSPLANT CAN MAKE FOR DR. PATEL

Freedom from Dialysis

Not having to be connected to a machine, nightly for 8 hours, to live.

Autonomy

Ability to enjoy what many of us take for granted without dialysis taking control.

Food

The ability to eat normal food.

Water

No restrictions on drinking sufficient water.

Life

Lifespan is drastically increased as the recipient of a live kidney donation.

Independence

Being able to continue travel, spend time with his grandchildren and be productive in all aspects of life.

Exercise

A return to a normal, healthy lifestyle.