Sayreville, NJ, resident Anthony “Tony” Lombardi has been battling Type II diabetes for over thirty years. He said the combination of the disease and corresponding medications have damaged his kidneys to the point that kidney dialysis and an eventual transplant has become necessary.
Lombardi has been enduring dialysis treatments three times a week for approximately two years. But the 71-year-old contracted COVID-19 last April while receiving treatments at the kidney dialysis center, he believes.
It tested Lombardi’s mettle, but he found way to recover and keep moving forward after spending two-week medical care stint.
“I spent two weeks in the hospital and needed a blood transfusion because my blood count dropped to seven,” Lombardi said. “It was tough, but I got through it.”
Lombardi, a retired City of Jersey City Municipal Government worker, credits his strong Catholic faith, his belief in God, and his family for helping to deal with the arduous experiences he has faced.
“I look at it as the good Lord looking after me,” he said. “I see people in dialysis and it’s not good. It’s tough, it really is. I feel lucky (to keep going on). You need a strong mind to help you. As for my faith, treasure each good day God blesses you with and don’t forget to tell the special people in your life how much you love them. We (him and his wife Dolores) go to Church when we can. We have a strong faith. It has helped. ”
As for a stranger stepping up and donating a kidney, the Jersey City native said: “It takes a special person in their mindset that they really want to donate a kidney. You have to be a special person.” The person is helping someone they don’t know.”
For people who are wondering about recovery time of the living donor, depending on the type of work you perform, you could be back in two to six weeks, according to transplants experts.
However, it is important to keep in mind that it varies from donor to donor.
Moreover, if someone would like to be a living donor, Lombardi’s blood type is A, but blood type doesn’t matter because St. Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ, participates in the Paired Exchange Program.
Please complete the referral form below and indicate donor for Anthony Lombardi, who offer ups his gratitude in advance for wanting to save his life: Referral Form: https://bit.ly/2UsBtEI.
You can also contact living kidney donor advocate Donna Tissot on her Facebook page for more information on how you can help.
— Jerry Del Priore