Salisbury woman hoping for match for kidney transplant

Salisbury woman hoping for match for kidney transplant

SALISBURY, NC (WBTV) - Saturday will be a big day for Charlene Fero and she is hopeful to find a match for a kidney transplant.

Fero is a dialysis patient at Davita in Salisbury.  On Saturday at Fero's church, Franklin Baptist, from 12 noon until 6:00 pm, volunteers will sign up potential donors and test for compatibility for a transplant.

Blood types needed are B or O, according to Fero.

Fero told WBTV that she was diagnosed with Polycystic Kidney Disease when she was 18.  It's a genetic condition that causes kidney failure.

Fero is now taking dialysis treatments for three hours a day, three days each week, and when she travels, arrangements have to be made ahead of time to make sure she can get the treatment she needs.

Now in the final stage before kidney failure, Fero's chances for a successful transplant are becoming more unlikely.

Anyone willing to help is encouraged to visit the church on Saturday during the donor drive for a quick test for a possible match.