A family in Springfield, Oregon has turned to panhandling on the street for a kidney from a living donor in the hopes that they can save their motherâ€™s life.
Roxanne Loomis, a 63-year-old mother of two, has battled thin basement membrane disease for ten years, a genetic condition that has resulted in a failed kidney.
The condition also affected two of Loomisâ€™ other siblings, including one sister who reportedly died from complications linked to kidney failure.
Though two of Loomisâ€™ children have offered to donate kidney, they are ineligible because it is believed that they have the same condition. Outside of her family, five friends have offered to donate a kidney, but they were also deemed ineligible.
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â€śI'd be jumping up and down, I would be so happy,â€ť Loomis said of finding a match. â€śI mean, they would be my friend for life.â€ť
Friends and family have helped develop a website called A Kidney for Roxanne in the hope of finding a donor, noting that a donor must have an O+ or O- blood type, no high blood pressure and no diabetes.
In the case of a match, Loomis has offered to pay all medical expenses for the donation.