Chism family, friends pray for kidney donor

WAITING – Will Chism Jr. has been on the transplant list for the past three years,waiting on a kidney. The family hopes to make more people aware that donated organs can be directed to certain individuals. At far left is Will as a Boy Scout several years ago.

Will Chism Jr. needs your prayers and he needs a kidney.

Chism, 27, of Humboldt, has been fighting for his health since he was first diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes when he was six years old. Three years ago, he was put on the transplant list.

He and his family want to get the word out and hope people will remember him when an opportunity might arise for a possible donor.

Most people don’t realize it, but if a loved one is an organ donor when they die, the family can designate a specific person they want to benefit from a certain organ.  Or when a family must stop life support, a designation can be made at that time.

Annually doctors check to make sure Will is ready physically for a transplant in case a donor is found. But daily, for now, Will Chism spends nine hours in kidney dialysis. His mom, Pearlie Chism, is a former nurse’s aid and has trained to administer his dialysis. Lately doctors have added another hour of manual dialysis.

“I sleep through it most of the time,” says Chism. A former Boy Scout and HHS graduate, he soldiers through the illness, often telling his mom, “Momma, it could be worse.”

Although young Chism works to keeps a positive attitude, diabetes has taken its toll on his body. His eyes are weakening and both eyes have been diagnosed with proliferative diabetic retinopathy and neovascular glaucoma. He’s endured many eye procedures and surgeries on his eyes.

Both Will’s parents have been ruled out as donors. Pearlie Chism has diabetes and high blood pressure. Chism Sr. is recovering from a stroke and has high blood pressure.

The family is very grateful for the prayers and encouragement of the community. Anyone with questions about Will’s condition and his need for a donor may contact Melissa Moore at Methodist University Hospital, 901-516-8466 or 866-805-7710.

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