Healthy Living: Message In A Bottle Leads To Kidney Transplant
Today, there are over 100 thousand people on the kidney transplant waiting list in the United States.
One woman, already on dialysis, came up with a creative way to find a donor and get the life-saving surgery she needed.
Joyce Bacon Griffin was in need of a kidney transplant just over three years ago and came up with the idea to type up letters and send them in a bottle.
She tossed out 24 bottles in the waterways of Fort Lauderdale and later received a text from a friend who found one of the bottles. Six months later, Nurse Krystel Nava was told that a female paddleboarder found another bottle.
The message was making its way around and Joyce was going to get her new kidney. Her plea for help had been answered and she received her kidney on July 3, 2018.
The average wait time for a kidney donor can be anywhere from three to five years and it took Joyce three years so she considers herself lucky.
Joyce’s advice to other patients out there is, “you have to be your own advocate”.
It may not mean putting a message in a bottle but be creative and get your message out on social media.