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Newcastle mother appeals on Twitter for new kidney

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Joanne D'Onofrio said she needed a kidney from a live donor "pretty quickly" to save her life
A mother has issued an urgent appeal on Twitter for a life-saving kidney.Joanne D'Onofrio, 46, from Newcastle, is currently on dialysis in the city's Freeman Hospital after falling seriously ill.At 18 she suffered kidney failure and had her first transplant a year later in 1991, but her body is now attacking the donor kidney.Almost 27,000 people have re-tweeted her appeal. She told BBC Newcastle she was "overwhelmed" by the response.She said: "Even if I cant find a kidney, people could find them for other people.
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I'm in desperate need of a kidney transplant & need a matching live donor, I'm actually at the end of the road now so need one pretty quickly to save my life, I don't suppose there is anyone out in twitterland who could help me with a social media campaign pleaseReport
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"There could be a lot more people get transplants just because of that one tweet."Ms D'Onofrio, whose two children are in their early 20s, said she was "really awkward" as she needed a living donor with O positive blood and matching tissue types.She said a "cadaver kidney" would not work due to her high antibody count which would reject such an organ.She underwent surgery on Thursday morning to have a new dialysis line fitted to her lumbar vein, but if that fails "that would be it".In her tweet, she said: "I'm in desperate need of a kidney transplant and need a matching live donor."I'm actually at the end of the road now, so need one pretty quickly to save my life."There were 940 adult living-donor kidney transplants in the UK in 2017/18, according to NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT).Of those, 85 were altruistic - meaning kidneys were donated voluntarily to a stranger.
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A spokeswoman said: "For suitable patients, transplantation is normally the best treatment for end-stage kidney disease compared with dialysis. "A transplant from a living kidney donor is often the best chance of a successful transplant." Living kidney transplants have been performed in the UK since 1960 and there are currently 6,119 people on the transplant waiting list, including 4,828 people waiting for a kidney.
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