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Mother in Temple searching for donor as she battles stage 5 chronic kidney disease

Posted at 3:58 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-24 19:36:42-04

TEMPLE, TX — Marsha Brewer suffers from stage 5 chronic kidney disease.

“She was always very active, was a runner. Now, she's tired a lot, not feeling well most of the time and it's hard to watch,” said Bernita Brewer about her mother Marsha Brewer.

Marsha shared she is running out of time to fight this end stage renal disease. "It's been a long, slow process. I'm trying to stay off of dialysis," said Marsha.

Her loved ones would all love to donate their kidneys. However, they are disqualified.

“Everyone in my immediate family. My husband and my daughter and my son, they all wanted to give me a kidney but they're all diabetic,” said Marsha.

"I wish I could give her a kidney, but due to my own illness, I'm not a viable candidate," said Bernita.

Even though she is on donor lists with Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple and St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, Marsha has had no luck. "Austin I was told was nine years and the wait here is about five years, so I think my only chance is a living donor kidney," said Marsha.

Her blood type is A+ and her family is hopeful that someone will find the kindness in their heart to come forward and help.

According to the National Kidney Foundation, recipients with blood type A can receive a kidney from blood types A and O.

"I thank you in advance you know,” said Bernita. “For whoever can step up and help her. That would mean I could keep my mom around. She'd go back to being the woman that she was before she got sick.”

If you would like to see if you are a match, visit Livingdonortemple.org and/or www.stdavids.com/signmeup. All you need to know is her name, Marsha Brewer, and her date of birth, June 13, 1947.