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Background: After living with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D) for over forty years, John has entered End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD). There is no cure for ESRD, but there are life extending treatments available. In 2020, John underwent multiple medical procedures to prepare him for dialysis, a temporary life-extending treatment that allows him time to await a transplant.
In February of 2021 John was approved as a double pancreas/kidney transplant candidate at UW Health in Madison and placed on the waiting list on inactive status due to a heart surgery in December. Additional medical complications and multiple ICU hospital stays in recent days will unfortunately keep John on inactive status longer than hoped.
If all goes well, John will be moved to active status on the transplant list in early 2022. Once activated, John can expect to receive a new kidney and pancreas within 3-6 months, greatly improving life quality and longevity.