Time is running out for Leibowitz, who has been living with kidney problems since he was just 12 years old.
Leibowitz was treated for a kidney infection as a child, and thought he was cured, but at age 40 a test revealed his organs never fully recovered from the childhood illness. “I looked healthy. I felt healthy,” he said, “I didn’t want to believe the doctors. [But] they told me it is a hidden disease.”
Today they’re failing, and Leibowitz’s best hope is a live donation from a living O positive donor. Until then, he’s forced to take a dialysis treatment for 4 hours every day. But with help from Sandoval, Leibowitz’s search for an organ has gone viral. Now, the single dad has more calls from volunteer donors than he can keep up with.
So far Sandoval’s post had been shared more than 90,000 times, and Leibowitz has received text messages and phone calls from “all over the country.”
“The response has been absolutely amazing. I get very emotional about it,” he said. “Over a million people have seen it already.”
Those are 1 million potential donors, which is good news for Leibowits and the other 101,000 Americans waiting for kidney transplants. There are only about 17,000 kidney donations each year, so if you want to add your name to the list visit the National Kidney Foundation’s website.