|If your blood type is:||You can donate to these blood types:|
|TYPE O||TYPE O, A, B, AB|
|TYPE A||TYPE A, AB|
|TYPE B||TYPE B, AB|
|TYPE AB||TYPE AB|
Bob is Type O, which is most restricted when it comes to receiving donations. It also means that none of his immediate family -- wife or children -- can donate directly to him. His wife Grace is of blood type AB, meaning she cannot produce any children with blood type O.
And while national kidney exchange registries do exist, the prioritization of these processes (plus the fact that Mayo Clinic does not participate in most of them) means that even if we were to rely on that route, the wait time would still be pretty lengthy. We've been told that going through an exchange program would still likely take two years. This is still being explored as a back-up plan, but given the relative urgency of Bob's situation right now, it can't be our only focus.
That is why we have created this webpage, to articulate the need and hopefully enlist a potential Type O donor. In addition, we have put some efforts together on a Facebook page and a Kidney Walk Fundraiser page.
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