A report said a man with kidney failure in New Jersey was praying for a miracle after a donor changed his heart amid fears of coronavirus infection.
“Come here and help me here,” said Thomas Mardy of Franklin Lakes. According to WPVI-TV. “This is my prayer. I say it every night.”
A married father of three children said that he only works with 7 percent of kidney function and will die soon if no other donor is found.
“I’ve worked hard all my life. I never get tired, I have a lot of energy. Minardi, 59, who owns Mama Minardi cookies, said I could do three men, but now, by 10:30, I might run out of gas.”
Things were looking forward earlier this year when doctors found a scheduled match and surgery right after Easter – but it was suspended when the epidemic struck.
“I thought I could last one or two more months,” said Minardi. “I will do what I can. … When you have a little hope there, you hold on to it.”
The surgery was rescheduled in early July, but in another blow to Minardi, the donor declined due to the uncertainty during the outbreak.
He said: “I had to put this catheter up as quickly as possible so that I could start some dialysis at home.” “It cannot reach much less than 7 percent. This is not a large percentage.”
Now he waits, he said, “I hope someone sees this and reaches me through college so that I can move forward at full speed again.”
Prospective donors can contact Kathleen Murdock at Hackensack Meridian Health at 551-996-4453 or Sarah Mary Castelvy at St. Barnabas Medical Center at 973-322-2143.