A Georgia family is in a “race against time” to find a kidney donor for a father of two and 24-year police veteran who faces fatal renal failure.

Raleigh Callaway, a 49-year-old father of two and long-time investigator with the Greensboro Police Department in Georgia, recently learned that he has “Stage 5” kidney failure, his wife told

"It’s the end stage," Kristi Callaway said. "We’re in desperate need for a match."

The Callaways, who have two daughters, ages 2 and 4, went public with their plea on Wednesday, launching a Facebook page called, “Our Daddy Needs a Kidney.” The social media page has garnered nearly 4,000 followers since it was created less than 48 hours ago.

Callaway, who has had chronic kidney disease for about 10 years, is being treated at Emory Hospital in Atlanta. As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, the transplant center received 300 phone calls from prospective donors wanting to be tested, Callaway’s wife said.

Since learning of her husband’s grave condition this week, Kristi Callaway said, “We are just going full speed ahead hoping and praying that he is going to get a match sooner rather than later.”

Callaway explained the complexity involving kidney donations, saying, “It only takes one donor, but it takes a lot of people to be tested to find that match.”

Our girls adore their Daddy as if he hung the sun, moon and stars. Our girls deserve to have their father walk them down the aisle, and he can’t bear the thought of not seeing them on their wedding day. A new kidney would give him the life and time needed to witness the birth of our grandchildren. One person, just one person, could change our entire family’s lives forever.

Please, if you’re willing to find out if you’re the one who could be a match, reach out to me. God bless each person who took the time to read this. The number to call Emory Transplant is 855-366-7989. Let them know you’d like to be tested as a donor match for Raleigh Callaway. His dob is 3/5/65. They prefer the donor call them so they know the donor isn’t being pressured. Thank you so very much! Please share with your friends, so we can reach as many potential donors as possible!” ~Kristi Callaway


Anatomy and Position of the Kidney in the body

The kidney is a fascinating and under-appreciated organ. Even its name is interesting: while the Greek nephros and the Latin renes are both used as medical terms for the kidney and its anatomy, the origin of the common name in English - “kidney” - is actually unknown. It may be from the Old English terms cwið (womb) + ey (egg), from its shape, but there is no clear consensus on its origins.

The kidney serves many functions, but its most obvious is creating urine. The process of doing that is surprisingly complex, and involves regulation of blood pressure, re-absorbing vital nutrients, excreting urea from protein catabolism, and secreting hormones such as erythropoietin (which stimulates red blood cell creation).

These are four major sections of the kidney:

  • Capsule - A tough, fibrous layer of tissue, surrounded by a thick layer of fat, which protects the kidney.
  • Cortex - Just inside the capsule, the outermost layer of the kidney itself, which contains renal corpuscules and tubules. Ultrafiltration and erythropoietin production happens here.
  • Medulla -  The inner tissue of the kidney, split up into renal pyramids. This is where the arteries split up, serum comes out of the blood, and ions and glucose are processed.
  • Renal Pelvis - This is the convergence point of the major calcyes, and funnels urine into the ureter, which goes to the bladder. The transitional epithelium in this section of the kidney is the cause of many types of kidney cancers.

Anatomy: Descriptive and Applied. Henry Gray, 1918.

hello kidney: my search for a kidney transplant


My name is Victoria. I’m a twenty five year old college student. I model and run a fashion blog. I live in Connecticut, where I’m dating a great guy and play kitty-mommy to two tuxedo kittens. This is my tumblr about my search for a kidney transplant and organ donation. 

Although a blogger by trade, it’s been a big step to open up about my chronic illness online. I’m not gonna lie, I’m still pretty anxious about the whole thing. I’m normally a much more private person by nature. However many portraits of my froyo the Internet may have been subjected to (like, 23895) - there are some things I’ve always considered things to keep in just for the real world. 

The trouble with organ donation is that I am looking for, well, a gift. I can’t pick up a fresh, healthy kidney at the Apple store (I wish, right? Does it come in pink? ;D) I need to spread the word in order to have a fighting chance at outsmarting this life-threatening disease one more time. 

When I was around five years old, I was diagnosed with polycystic kidney disease. This means the kidneys I was born with developed many cysts, hollow sacks similar in appearance to grapes and bubbles. As a child, my health declined at around nine to ten years old. By age ten, I needed my first kidney transplant. I didn’t really understand what was going on around me, but I knew I was tired all the times and always felt sick. I spent a lot of time by myself, staying home from school reading the classic Greek myths, fairytales and fantasy books. I had I to take a lot of medications and had to closely watch my diet. Thankfully, my father was my blood type and a great match. Kidney transplants show positive affects almost immediately and within weeks I had strength and energy I hadn’t had in years. 

Kidney transplants are a fairly new procedure. A cocktail of medicines are used to keep your body’s immune system from attacking the transplanted organ, and new drugs are being tested and created all the time. I underwent several drug studies during high school, which often left me exhausted and nauseated. While the drugs kept me from rejecting the kidney, they also damaged it terribly with toxic chemicals.

By the time I was nineteen, a freshman in college, I needed a second kidney transplant. The medications and drug studies had worn my first transplant out, and it was no longer working well enough to keep me healthy. Without it, my symptoms returned with a vengeance. I began dialysis while I looked for another organ donor.

Luckily, my aunt provided my second kidney. This kidney was a good match, but the scarring inside my body from previous surgeries and other maintenance sent me back for more medicine and experimental procedures. I’ve also developed a resistance in my immune system, called donor-specific antibodies. Now at twenty-five, my second kidney is also rapidly failing after a sudden rejection episode. I am currently on dialysis again, a process to manually remove the building toxins from my body. My diet is very limited, and I have to make sure not to stress my body. 

I visit the hospital and dialysis clinic several times a week, as well as work with a dietitian and other specialists. Week by week my medicines are re-evaluated and adjusted with constant blood samples. I receive injections to keep my red blood cell count up, and sometimes infusions of iron. 

While I can live on dialysis for some time, my end desire would be to find a kidney so I can return to a mostly normal life. I want the energy to model, travel, see my friends, return to my studies, and live for a long time. While having a transplanted kidney isn’t a cure for my condition, it would be leaps and bounds ahead of where my health is currently.

 I’m looking for a healthy person to donate a Type O kidney. Please share, reblog or repost this if you would like to help, donate, or know someone who would.

My personal Tumblr:

anonymous asked:

Do you know why in kidney transplants the recipient doesn't have the non functioning kidney removed but rather has the donor organ added in? I know unless it is diseased it's just kept in but not sure why?

Less risk, in short. There are inherent risks involved in removing an organ, whether or not it’s going to be replaced. In many cases, the existing kidneys may not function well, but do have a minimal amount of processing power, and still have a full blood supply. As an additional kidney can be added into the urinary system with less fuss than full replacement, and less overall risk, even if the recipients kidneys are completely non-functional. If the recipient kidneys are going haywire, however, and are sending out all sorts of bad signals or harboring cancers or incurable disease, they’re removed.

Adrenal failure can also occur when adrenal glands are removed from their kidney hosts (as happens when recipient kidneys are removed - often the adrenal glands are not affected by kidney disease), and adding lifelong adrenal supplements to an already-large number of immunosuppressant drugs needed after transplantation is not exactly ideal.


"Piggybacking" or heterotopic transplantation is also occasionally used in heart transplants, particularly when it’s a pediatric patient who is not receiving donor lungs at the same time. It’s also been used in liver transplants in very select cases. However, both of those surgeries are non-standard, and require very experienced surgeons at specialized transplant centers.



This is my mom. She has been the only one to support me my whole life. My father was dangerous and she got me away from him and kept me safe. I was always in hospitals. gathering bills that she could not pay. With her being disabled, she still managed to let me have the best life possible. She is the strongest woman I know. But now, she needs my help. Last year she was told she had stage 4 kidney failure. She has 3 years to live unless she can raise the money to afford the medications that will keep her alive till she can find a donor. That was last year, which means she has one year left… I can’t live without my mom, she is all I have. I know you read so many of these, but please, I need my mom… If you can help in any way there is a fundraising website. You can even contact the organizer to get the proof you need. Even if its a dollar… please help. Re-blog please, and maybe we can save my mom together. My tumblr family

You’re my last hope.. please. 

15 June 2014

Cuddling Kidneys

To some people horseshoes are lucky. Not so to those with fused or horseshoe kidneys. Aptly named, they’re not as rare as you might think; in fact they‘re the most common renal [kidney] anomaly in humans, affecting 1 in 500 of us. And for these unlucky people, the most common type of complication that arises is urinary tract infections and renal stones, which can be painful and cause serious health problems. The defect is caused during development; the normal rotation of the kidneys doesn’t fully complete, leaving the kidneys stuck together and facing a different way. Here doctors have used a multidetector CT scanner to take a closer look at the urinary tract and diagnose the malformation. Multiple renal stones can be seen – as white masses – within the patient’s fused kidneys.

Written by Yalda Javadi

Image by Malai Muttarak
Chiang Mai University, Thailand
Originally published under a Creative Commons Licence (BY 4.0)
Research published in Biomedical Imaging and Intervention Journal, January 2012

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My friend’s husband is in need of a Kidney transplant. Below is a message from her as well as supporting links. Peter will be getting care in Boston, MA if you are considering being a donor.
Please pass this on! 

My husband Peter Tryba has suffered from chronic kidney disease (CKD) for the past 13 years. The condition is a result of an autoimmune disease called IgA nephropathy. His condition has been managed with medications to lower his blood pressure and keep his kidney function stable. Unfortunately he is now at the end stage of the kidney disease (ESRD) where his kidneys are only functioning at 13%. He will need a kidney transplant from a donor with a matching blood type (He is A+). We will be going to Tufts to meet with the transplant specialists and get put on a list of people waiting for donors. This can potentially take years to find someone. In the meantime, Peter will need to be put on dialysis, 3 days a week, for 3 hours a session in order to help boost his kidneys in eliminating toxins from his body. Peter is otherwise a young, healthy person who has done everything to manage his condition, but now he needs help. He needs a donor. I am willing to donate my kidney to my husband, but we have a 3 1/2 year old daughter and so I feel that I need to be there to care for both of them during this difficult time. The best option is for someone to volunteer. We wanted to let everyone know that this is what we will be going through in the next few months and would appreciate any information, support, guidance, or advice as we embark upon this journey. Thank you,

Rachel & Peter Tryba”


Kidney Donor For Peter

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