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Hæmostatic dressings for hæmodialysis
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Hæmostatic Dressings For Hæmodialysis
Project 2018-11-30 21:49:32 +1300
I need to buy a 12-month supply of Axiostat chitosan hæmostatic dressings so I can have artificial kidney treatment without the risk of dangerous hæmorrhages.
I have been receiving artificial kidney (dialysis) treatment from Capital & Coast DHB since October 2014. In April 2016, I had a valve replaced in my heart, which requires a high level of systemic anti-coagulation (warfarin) to prevent clots. I have had serious and sometimes life-threatening hæmorrhages from the vein in my arm used for dialysis, which is joined to an artery and has a flow rate of 1000-1200 ml per minute.
Because I take warfarin to stop my mechanical mitral valve from clotting, I can control bleeding, but I can't stop it. This makes the use of large, high-flow needles very dangerous, and I have often hæmorrhaged between treatments. Axiostat chitosan hæmostats can stop this happening, bringing bleeding under control with a few minutes of firm pressure.
The fundraiser breaks down as follows:
- NZ$500 for 4 x 80 dressings (2 dressings per treatment, 3 treatments per week), including air freight (based on US$350 @ NZ$1.00 = US$0.70)
- NZ$75 for GST collected by NZ Customs
- NZ$52.67 for Customs import fee
- NZ$40.80 for PledgeMe fees (6.5% of the total)
The People Behind Hæmostatic dressings for hæmodialysis
My first kidney transplant in 1990 taught me about sacrificial generosity, and challenged me to think about what the world would look like if that generosity was at the core of everything we do in the world - much like the Most Revd Michael Curry challenged us all to think about transformative Christian love in 2018's wedding of the year.
After my second kidney transplant failed in 2014 following a bout of cryptosporidiosis, I'm waiting for another. As many as 9 people have taken up the challenge of potentially sacrificing their own health and comfort to offer me the gift of life again, going through testing as prospective kidney donors over the last 3½ years. So far, two have been incompatible and the other 7 are currently being tested. With a story like that, I can't not be generous myself wherever I can.
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