Nursing home worker saves fiancée's life by giving her one of his kidneys

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A nursing home worker saved his fiancee's life by giving her one of his kidneys.

22-year-old Geraldine Chingosho was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease shortly after her meeting with Aldo Cataldi in 2017.

The aspiring nurse told him she should not enter into a relationship because she was in and out of the hospital and "did not consider it fair to burden him with a sick person."

But Mr. Cataldi stuck to her – and when it turned out relatives were not compatible with her, he came out as a perfect partner.

Geraldine Chingosho, 22, with her fiancee and kidney donor Aldo Cataldi, 27, after the transplant

Geraldine Chingosho, 22, with her fiancee and kidney donor Aldo Cataldi, 27, after the transplant

Ms. Chingosho was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in May 2017 when she was about to make an appointment with Mr. Cataldi

Ms. Chingosho was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in May 2017 when she was about to make an appointment with Mr. Cataldi

Ms. Chingosho from Leicester said, "I never asked or expected my fiancé to give me his kidney.

& # 39; I was totally amazed when I realized that we were even a match. Aldo has saved my life and I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with him. & # 39;

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function.

Kidneys filter waste products and excess fluids from the bloodstream before they are excreted in the urine. They also help to maintain blood pressure.

The few moments before her kidney transplant at Leicester General Hospital in February

The few moments before her kidney transplant at Leicester General Hospital in February

Mr. Cataldi wakes up in the hospital after removing his kidney. The nursing home worker called for a test and said it was a snap to perform the operation

Mr. Cataldi wakes up in the hospital after removing his kidney. The nursing home worker called for a test and said it was a snap to perform the operation

Ms. Chingosho's scars after the operation, when doctors cut her open and connected the organ to her blood vessels and bladder

Ms. Chingosho's scars after the operation, when doctors cut her open and connected the organ to her blood vessels and bladder

As the CRF progresses, the kidneys no longer function properly and dangerous amounts of waste accumulate in the body.

CNE usually causes no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. It can be detected early by blood and urine tests.

WHAT IS THE CHRONIC KIDNEY DISEASE AND HOW CAN YOU FIND THEM?

Chronic kidney disease (CKD), also known as chronic kidney failure, describes the gradual loss of kidney function.

Our kidneys filter waste products and excess fluids from the blood before they are excreted in the urine. They also help to maintain blood pressure.

As the CNI progresses, the kidneys no longer function properly and dangerous amounts of waste accumulate in your body.

The risk of CRF increases with age.

CNE usually causes no symptoms until it reaches an advanced stage. It can be detected early by blood and urine tests.

The symptoms include:

  • nausea
  • Vomit
  • Loss of appetite
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • insomnia
  • Changes how much you urinate
  • Decreased mental sharpness
  • Muscle twitching and cramping
  • Swelling of the feet and ankles
  • Persistent itching
  • Pain in the chest when fluid accumulates around the heart mucosa
  • Shortness of breath when fluid accumulates in the lungs
  • High blood pressure, which is difficult to control

People with this condition are at higher risk of stroke or heart attack. It can also lead to kidney failure if patients need dialysis or a possible transplant.

Lifestyle changes and medications, however, can prevent the disease from getting worse if diagnosed at an early stage.

How to reduce your risk:

  • Follow the instructions for over-the-counter medicines. Taking too many painkillers can lead to kidney damage
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • No smoking Smoking cigarettes can cause kidney damage

Source: Mayo Clinic

Mr. Cataldi, also a nurse, added, "It was so normal for me to donate my kidney to my fiancee – I did not really think about it.

"The most important thing is that she feels better and has a better quality of life. I did not do it for the headlight or something – but because it was the right thing. & # 39;

The couple met in January 2017, when both worked in a nursing home.

Her first date took place only a few days after the diagnosis of the disease in May 2017.

Ms. Chingosho said, "I told Aldo to leave me and we should not enter into a relationship because I would be in the hospital and outside the hospital.

"I did not think it was fair for him to be with a sick person.

But he told me it did not matter that I was sick and he would be there for me no matter what.

"It was really early and we were not even friend and girlfriend at the time."

Ms. Chingosho was told that her kidney function had dropped to just 20 percent.

She had to be dialyzed daily, which meant she was in and out of the hospital.

She said, "He would come home from work after a twelve-and-a-half-hour shift and bring me food.

He would help me get dressed and talk to the doctors to find out what was going on.

"He was Superman – my own superhero – while I was poor.

He took care of me and my entire dialysis regime. He basically became my caregiver. & # 39;

The doctors later told the prospective nurse that she would need a kidney transplant because her organ was about to fail.

Ms. Chingosho's family members were tested for compliance in early 2018 – but they were all incompatible.

She said, "I was really panicking. I felt suicidal and suffered from depression. There was a lot to do. Aldo said he wanted to get tested.

"I said to him," But you are a white Italian. You will not be a match. We are different ethnic groups. "

"But he did not give in. He kept saying," Let me test. "

While the couple waited for the results, they drove to Portugal during the holidays to celebrate his birthday.

He proposed on an empty beach during a private boat cruise on July 31, 2018.

Later that day, they found out he was a match and got permission to donate his kidney.

Chingosho (after the surgery) told her fiancée not to enter into a relationship because she would be in the hospital and outside the hospital.

Chingosho (after the surgery) told her fiancée not to enter into a relationship because she would be in the hospital and outside the hospital.

The aspiring nurse said, "Aldo has saved my life and I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with him."

The aspiring nurse said, "Aldo has saved my life and I can not wait to spend the rest of my life with him."

"He got the message over the phone while I slept and woke me up with tears," she added.

He kept saying, "I'm a match." I said to him, "You're lying, it's impossible, you can not be."

"We were both shocked, but we were overjoyed. It was as if all my birthdays had come at once. & # 39;

The couple underwent a kidney transplant on February 21 of this year at the University of Leicester Hospital.

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