PRESTONSBURG, Ky. (WYMT) - The countdown is on for a Floyd County woman to find a kidney donor. Cynthia Allen spent twenty years teaching children in the county. Now, she hopes to see her own son graduate from college and one day meet her grandchildren.
You could easily describe Allen as a fighter.
"I have already had cancer and lost one kidney. Then after 30 years of diabetes the other one was just really having trouble .... so I went into kidney failure," says Allen.
Living on dialysis for the past 11 years.
"I want to live... for my family."
Visiting various doctors through the years, all saying a transplant surgery would be too risky with her declining health. Allen continues to rely on her faith and family for strength.
"I am a very determined woman and I'm not giving up. I said I do not think that is the plan God has for me...to just lay here and die of kidney disease," she says.
So she recently visited Ohio State University where they accepted her into a living donor exchange program.
"If I have to wait on a cadaver that could be 5 to 7 years and they say I do not have that time," she explains.
Giving her 90 days to find a qualified donor, not necessarily matching her rare b blood type, but to go into a donor pool ... in exchange she could have a new kidney that matches her from that pool within a year.
Allen says, "At the end of 90 days if I haven't found a donor, then it is game over ... that's it, I'm done."
Enduring times of paralyzing weakness but staying hopeful, to get to this point. Now, finding herself in the position to maybe one day no longer feel sick.
Anyone interested in learning more can call Allen's transplant coordinator at (614) 293-6745.
The transplant does not have to happen within ninety days. However, the process must start within that time period.
Allen's insurance will cover all medical expenses.