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Welcome to Patrick's CaringBridge site, a place where we'll keep you updated about Patrick and his condition.

Patrick is 15 years old and is in urgent need of a donor for a kidney transplant due to chronic renal failure. Please read his story for more information on his condition.

To be a possible donor, contact Cathy Garvey at 1-800-328-5465, Ref: Patrick Sibert, DOB 2/24/94

 



Patrick underwent a successful transplant, receiving a kidney from his mom,14 years ago after being born with renal failure. Over the last year, Patrick's kidney function has declined.  Due to a build up of harmful antibodies in his blood, his odds of finding a compatible donor are drastically reduced (only a 6% chance of finding a match), with his very own family being the least compatible for him. Patrick's prognosis is very good... once a donor is found and he receives a transplant, but finding a donor is the difficult part.

Patrick has been in and out of the hospital this past year.  He's gone through invasive treatments, blood transfusions, a biopsy, surgeries to put in and remove a central line, as well as serious complications and an infection. Patrick has weekly blood draws taken to closely monitor changes in his kidney function, hemoglobin, potassium, etc. It has been an ongoing struggle to keep Patrick's hemoglobin up to avoid transfusions, because transfusions cause more anitbodies. Patrick's kidney function is currently at 20-24%, and he will need to go on dialasys very soon.  Because of the possible complications from dialasys and the high risk of building up more harmful antibodies (he's already at 94% antibodies), Patrick's doctors want to do a transplant as soon as possible, and are requesting that anyone interested in being a possible donor for Patrick, contact Cathy Garvey at 1-800-328-5465, so he can get the transplant he needs. You will need to give her Patrick's full name and date of birth: Patrick Sibert, 2/24/94.

Finding a donor is difficult... but when a compatible donor is found, and Patrick gets the transplant he needs, Patrick's doctors expect an excellent outcome, and Patrick will be able to get back to the life he knew before chronic renal failure took over, and back to being a typical teenager again.

Please help us spread the word about Patrick's condition any way you can to help him find a compatible kidney donor.

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Laura Uselman posted a new journal entry.

Hello Everyone, 1st of all Pack's transplant date is scheduled for May 18th at the U of M :-)).  2nd its is easier to update people on Pack at either ... Read more

Jenna Fowler signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Hi Patirck My name is Jenna and I came across your site.  U are a brave courageous, strong and determined fighter.  U are a beautiful precious gift, and a special ... Read more

sandra mishler signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Dear Patrick and Mom, my son had a kidney transplant last year at the Uof M.  My son saw your need and we want you to know you are in our hearts.   We pray for you and ... Read more

kim stout signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Patrick I want you to know that we are praying for you ...You are such a strong n brave young man ... You'r a true fighter a real trooper ... God Bless you Patrick and ... Read more

jill boline signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Patrick, just wanted you to know that all of us at WDC are praying for you!  Jill Boline wdc Read more

Tara Rentz signed Patrick's Guestbook.

We are thinking about you today and praying everything goes well!  The sun is shining and it's going to be a great day! Read more

Laura Uselman posted a new journal entry.

Hello Everyone, 1st of all Pack's transplant date is scheduled for May 18th at the U of M :-)).  2nd its is easier to update people on Pack at either ... Read more

Blake Citrowske signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Once upon a time there was a crooked tree and a straight tree. And they grew next to each other. And every day the straight tree would look at the crooked tree and he ... Read more

Kari Heimer signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Hi, Patrick!  I was tested to be a donor for you about a year and a half ago.  I made it past the initial tests to the point where I had additional bloodwork done and ... Read more

Kevin McCarthy signed Patrick's Guestbook.

Hello Patrick, my name is Kevin, and after reading your story I was really touched. Just 10 minutes ago I called, gave my information, and a packet is on the way for me to ... Read more

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