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La Grange man searches for new kidney

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LA GRANGE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Working at just above 10 percent, his kidneys are failing after a medical procedure he underwent had a terrible side effect.

“You just can't imagine what life is about going to dialysis,” said David Wilson.

“It affects our whole life,” said his wife Norma Wilson.

David and Norma Wilson have been married for 57 years. They've had their share of ups and downs in life, but most recently the couple has been trying to find a kidney for David.

“You can't imagine what it would mean to me,” said Norma.

Everywhere they go they bring a sign with them asking for a kidney from someone who has type O blood. Below it is their phone number (502)-225-5022. The same message is on the back of their car.

“I get really emotional about this. I would love to see him get a kidney,” said Norma.

David's kidneys are working at 11 percent. For the last two years he's been going to dialysis three times a week for three hours. To keep his spirits high David started oil painting. His artwork is displayed throughout his home. 

“If you'd ever went to dialysis you'd never want to go back. It's like being in a dungeon ...  them big needles sticking in you. They suck all your blood out and you get real cold,” said David.

He had perfect kidneys his entire life until doctors found an aneurysm on his aorta. The dye that was used during a procedure gave him the kidney problems. He's now on a two-year wait list for a new kidney, which is why he started his own search.

“It would mean a whole different life for both of us. And our prayers would be answered,” said Norma.

The couple has six kids, 16 grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren. But seeing them can be difficult because he would have to set up dialysis treatments out of state. David recalls a recent trip he tried to take to see his daughter in South Carolina.

“I had to cancel it because I was scared to try. You know you get that far away from home in my kind of shape you might be in trouble if you get a flat tire or whatever,” said David.

Since having the signs, David has received calls, but they've never panned out. One caller even tried selling him a kidney.

“I have lots of hope and prayer,” said Norma. “Everybody I know is praying. Hopefully it's paid off.”

David and Norma say their faith in God has given them strength to keep searching for a match.

“He'll find somebody out there who's got a heart big enough to want to donate a kidney.” said Norma.

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