Man wants to give someone his kidney for Christmas

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INDEPENDENCE, MO (KCTV) — We’ve all heard the slogan “the gift of life.” For Independence resident Randy Holtmyer, it’s not a slogan, it’s the Christmas present he’d like to deliver.

Holtmyer wants to give someone one of his kidneys.

“Everybody’s got two of them, and you can survive with one. That’s just one thing I can live without,” Holtmyer said.

Holtmyer’s come a long way in the last three months, and he says he’s looking to give something back.

“I’ve been in a lot of trouble my whole life. I hit rock bottom a few months back. My mom and stepdad have taken me under their wing and given me a home until I can get back on my feet,” Holtmyer told KCTV5 News.

Broke and behind bars, Holtmyer decided it was time to turn his life around and start giving rather than taking.

“God gave me this body for a purpose. I feel that this is one way of giving back, giving someone a second chance,” Holtmyer said.

More than 77,000 people are waiting for a kidney, liver, heart or pancreas in the United States alone. Locally, less than a dozen transplants from random donors will be performed. Doctors say the supply of kidneys is dwindling.

“It has a lot to do with overall general health. In this country, obesity, diabetes and hypertension are major medical problems, so the number of qualified donors is declining,” said Dr. Henry Randall, director of transplantation at St. Luke’s Hospital.

Randall said if a potential donor is healthy, they’ll take the kidney.

“It’s not always lifesaving, but it is always life-altering. And, for people who have run out of access for dialysis, a kidney transplant is lifesaving,” said Randall.

For his part, Holtmyer said a donation would be a way to honor his mom and stepdad for giving him a second chance by giving someone else a second chance.

By Dave Eckert

5 comments

  • Barbara Peterson

    Blood Type is AB+
    Live in Southern California

    Description
    My name is Barbara Peterson and I was told by my nephrologist the end of May 2012 that my transplanted kidney
    from 10 years ago is going into failure. I am 56 years old, and I am a wife, mom of 2, step mom of 3, grandma of 10, sister, aunt, daughter and mom to 3 amazing dogs.
    I have been on dialysis for the first time since Augsut 2012.
    Because of my blood type, I am able to be matched with ANY blood type.
    I am currently listed at USC Hospital in Los Angeles. The donor Coordinator is:
    Noriko Yamasaki, RN
    USC Transplant Institute
    Keck Medical Center of USC

    e-mail: noriko.yamasaki@health.usc.edu
    direct phone : 323.442.7404 | fax: 323.442.6203

  • Sarah waters

    My Mom needs a kidney. She has O type blood. Please consider her when deciding who to give this gift of life to. She is on the transplant list at St. Vincent transplant center in Indianapolis Indiana. I have set up a Facebook page to help find her a kidney Facebook.com/Katerineneedsakidney . All the information is on that page. You are a special person to give someone the gift of life. I pray that you pass all the test they will put you through. Bless you

  • Kim Holekamp

    I am currently waiting for a kidney transplant. I had to have both of my kidneys removed June of this year. I have 2 children (7 and 11) and my husband that is a firefighter (Originally from Jackson, MO). I am an O blood type and can receive from another O. I have a Facebook page (Find a Lidney for Kim Holekamp) that gives more information about me and who to contact if you are willing to donate. I think him wanting to donate is the best Christmas present anyone could give.

  • Heather hall

    Barbara. I have sent an email to your coordinator with my blood type and subtype. Hugs to all and hoping that each and everyone of you find hope and longevity.
    Namaste
    heather

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