Is Kim W......'s health still failing?

by Psst Banned
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About a month or so ago, I clicked on Bill F....'s (a fellow warrior) sig file and was redirected to a WSO that was set up to raise funds for Kim Winfrey's (another fellow warrior) kidney transplant. I read that Kim is in series illness and that his health is failing everyday.

Due to some financial issues (I'm 19 and can't survive without scheduling my money this time) I couldn't buy it right then. But I decided to add the direct link to the WSO on my sig (till I arrange my sig file properly(in a week or so)) But even after that I hopefully won't remove it.

I'm not popular on Warriorforum, but there's a staying: "a drop of water fills a bucket". So if I manage to result in even a single sell, that can add up to the funds required.

Here's a statistics I found on the University of marylands's website when I googled the cost of kidney transplant:

"The cost of kidney dialysis averages about $44,000 per year per patient, using 1993 figures. The average cost for the transplant patients in our study, including the transplant surgery and medical care for the first year following surgery was $89,939. After the first year, costs for the transplant patients averaged $16,043; mostly for medications to prevent rejection.
So now I'm posting this thread wanting to check on the status of Kim's health plus how much money has been raised to date (not in exact figures but just in percentage). And also when the transplant will be complete and he will get back to his normal life etc..
(just for satisfaction's sake )

For those of you who haven't heard about it or bought the WSO yet here's the link to the WSO:

http://www.warriorforum.com/warrior-...ial-offer.html

.... decide for yourself. But that is a great deal (a collection of 40 great WSOs) and the money spent will be one of the best investments you'll make. IMO.
#kim #kim winfrey #kindey
  • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
    Hi Psst,

    Very good of you to raise awareness for Kim.

    I can't remember where but it was in a long running thread that was updated recently and I'm hoping a Warrior more in the know helps me out here but I believe he went to hospital recently for an operation, possibly on his heart, which was necessary for the poor chap to be in a position to have/find a, replacement kidney.

    As far as I'm aware and I'm an avid follower of his health, this is needed but sounds worse (forgive me for saying that) than it is and more a procedure they need to do for the body to cope with the stress of dialysis and replacing the organ.

    I'll try and locate the thread now and my apologies to anyone close to Kim if I've butchered that, I'm doing it from memory, which on my own admission is not as good as it was and it never was that good either.

    I'll try and find it now for you psst (sorry, I don't know your real name) EDIT. Clio, I just spotted it, apologies again.
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    • Profile picture of the author Psst
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      Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

      Hi Psst,

      I'll try and locate the thread now and my apologies to anyone close to Kim if I've butchered that, I'm doing it from memory, which on my own admission is not as good as it was and it never was that good either.
      Thank for your participation in advance and good luck.


      Originally Posted by Richard Van View Post

      I'll try and find it now for you psst (sorry, I don't know your real name) EDIT. Clio, I just spotted it, apologies again.
      No problem, but it was right next to my user name

      Clio.
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      • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
        Good of you to ask, Clio.

        As Richard said, Kim's been in hospital for a heart operation; but the good news is that it seems to have gone well and he's expected home this weekend.

        Here's the thread Richard referenced:

        http://www.warriorforum.com/off-topi...g-help-21.html

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        • Profile picture of the author Psst
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          Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

          Good of you to ask, Clio.

          As Richard said, Kim's been in hospital for a heart operation; but the good news is that it seems to have gone well and he's expected home this weekend.

          Here's the thread Richard referenced:

          http://www.warriorforum.com/off-topi...g-help-21.html

          Best,

          Frank
          Thanks for the find Frank, good to hear that he's well despite the unexpected news.
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      • Profile picture of the author Richard Van
        Originally Posted by Psst View Post

        No problem, but it was right next to my user name

        Clio.
        I know. I have the odd blonde moment.

        Franks very kindly provided the link so that's that cleared up.

        All the best Clio and thanks Frank.
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  • Profile picture of the author HeySal
    His heart has been successfully fixed - but he still has a kidney to get. It may take awhile since they have to wait now for him to be strong enough to endure another surgery.

    We are all still hoping for him - still raising cash - he has a very expensive life right now still being in the clutches of the medical system.

    Thanks for any help. We need some unity to help him survive.
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  • Profile picture of the author msmir75
    I don't post often as I have been extremely swamped but I am also sending out light towards his way. Glad to hear his heart operation was successful.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joshua Rigley
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    My thoughts and prayers go to Kim. Here's to hoping he'll make a speedy and successful recovery.
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  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    The fact is that, despite any claims to the contrary, they really aren't close to an artificial or manufactured kidney. ALSO, costs vary based on THEIR costs, location, and timing, so it is possible, and even LIKELY, that any current estimates will be WAY off. They are only good for estimating CURRENT costs in a similar area.

    And Kims health, as I understand it, based on what I have heard about dialisys, can only hit a certain level, and will likely keep degrading from that point until he gets a kidney transplant. LUCKILY that degradation is gradual, and he will probably improve after the transplant, but many just slowly degrade due to the dialysis, and die of complications, if they don't get a transplant. IRONICALLY, though the heart problems are bad, they gave him blood, and maybe full blood, and that may actually HELP short term.

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  • Profile picture of the author Tim_Carter
    I just have to wonder about those costs.

    I had a kidney transplant 12.5 years ago. Was on dialysis for a year. Since I am in Canada I have no personal costs here.

    So I wonder how people cope in the USA with these costs? Does insurance cover this, or some of it?

    I do quite well in my business - but costs like that would bankrupt me in short order.

    So what happens if you can't afford it? Is there a safety net?
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    Tim,

    There is Medicare (government paid) insurance for situations where someone is disabled and unable to pay for their own care. (or if 65 and over)

    There is Part A and Part B - everybody above gets Part A which is critical/hostpitalization - Then Part B covers other medical expenses to various degrees and you have to pay for this coverage (about $100 a month for 65 over/non-disabled - not sure about disabled).

    Then you usually also need (private) supplemental insurance to cover the costs not covered by the government - deductibles, co-pays, etc., etc. (from $100-150 per month).

    I am not sure what all coverage Kim has at this point but I know he has Medicare. For 65 and older the government requires you to also get Prescription drug coverage because it is not automatically included in either Medicare or private supplemental insurance. (its a wicked web).

    (... and just as an aside I just had to pay $98 for 15 pain pills because I had no coverage for that). For someone like Kim or elderly people this can be a monthly expense that is triple that or more for chronic conditions.)

    The problem is there are other associated costs that are not covered, because in the meantime life has a way of going on with it's expenses and emergencies at the same time.

    Because Kim spends the vast majority of his time on dialysis for quite some time now, his ability to earn an income has been greatly if not totally diminished.

    What he was originally wanting to save money for was for a kidney transplant donor, when he finds one. The insurances will not pay for their expenses/recovery time/loss of income, etc., and most of the time this would be expected from the recipient.

    He keeps having setbacks where his general health will get him knocked off the donor list and then bureaucratic nightmares to get back on the list each time.

    So it's no wonder the poor guy has heart trouble just with all the stress of illness and financial problems. I am feeling better about his chances of survival until he finds a donor knowing that his heart has been repaired.

    In addition, just before the open heart surgery, the week before, his veins where they do the dialysis gave out and he had to have that repaired. Before that the family was in a car accident and seriously damaged their only car - only to be told their auto insurance didn't cover repair to their car.

    So you can see he really needs help, both medical and financial.

    ... and most of all he needs some real Grace just to survive long enough to get a kidney.
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    • Profile picture of the author Psst
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      Originally Posted by Patrician View Post


      In addition, just before the open heart surgery, the week before, his veins where they do the dialysis gave out and he had to have that repaired. Before that the family was in a car accident and seriously damaged their only car - only to be told their auto insurance didn't cover repair to their car.

      So you can see he really needs help, both medical and financial.

      ... and most of all he needs some real Grace just to survive long enough to get a kidney.
      This situation reminds me of a Danish saying 'bad is never good until worse happens'. And also 'I ask not for a lighter burden, but for broader shoulders' so let God give him and his family broader shoulders.
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