New Law for Life

We all have choices to make in our lives, and if we are thoughtful about the opportunities and problems we face, some of our choices can be uplifting for our families and communities. The same can be said about our local institutions

Organ Transplant Legislation

Recently the Hawai‘i legislation was passed to allow organ transplantation in Hawai‘i. The new law paves the way for Queens Medical Center to open an organ transplant center in Honolulu. This choice is truly uplifting.

The new law ensures that Hawai‘i patients and their families can get the care they need to fight kidney disease without the expense and hassle of getting on another state’s transplant list or scheduling Mainland medical trips.

Gov. Abercrombie spoke of the legacy of local transplant care in Hawai‘i and the vision of early health care pioneers. In the tradition of caring for our ‘ohana, the Governor said, “This was a collaborative effort in which the Legislature, community members and health providers understood that lives were at stake. I’m grateful that we are able to make a positive difference.”

National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i

The NKFH is pleased to have advocated on behalf of kidney patients for an organ transplant center in Hawai‘i. It is estimated that 156,000 people in Hawai‘i have kidney disease, with another 100,000 at risk of incurring the disease. Some of these people will one day need a kidney transplant.

To emphasize the importance of local organ transplantation, the NKFH invited a few kidney patients who are waiting for transplants to attend the legislative sessions and signing ceremony. Their stories reveal just how important the transplant center is for Hawai‘i’s residents.

Patient Story

Kidney patient, Fernando, attended the signing ceremony. He was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease (CKD) following a bout with pneumonia. He’s been on dialysis for nearly four years and has been on the transplant list for two years. He says that the disease has impacted his family because he has to stay away from the grandchildren when they get colds, out of concern that he will get sick and have pneumonia, which could lead to kidney related complications. Fernando walks regularly, follows a diet suitable for CKD patients, and has a good attitude about his dialysis treatments. With a twinkle in his eye, Fernando says that he considers the dialysis sessions as a “part-time job” that pays him with good health.

We at the NKFH are grateful for the work done by our elected leaders, the inspiration of dedicated kidney patients, and the faithful help of friends and supporters who make the “uplifting choice” to help us accomplish of our mission. Mahalo.

National Kidney Foundation of Hawai‘i
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