Springfield woman looking for a life-saving kidney donor

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A Springfield woman is waiting for a phone call from someone that’ll save her life. 

Her name is Gigi Moise and she’s in need of a new kidney. She’s had kidney disease for more than 8 years, and has been on the transplant list waiting for a deceased donor for about a year now.

A single parent, Gigi said she wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for her son Marcus. 

“I’m fighting for everything that I have,” she said. “And especially I want to be here for my son. That’s my number one thing.”

Their bond is unbreakable. 

“I’m happy my mom says that about me,” Marcus said. “I love my mom a lot. My mom helps me a lot. My mom is like my role model, really.”

Gigi told 22News the whole experience is exhausting, but she pushes through.

“Physically I would say it’s slowed me down a lot, but it didn’t stop me,” Gigi said.  “Mentally is the hardest part because in the day time, especially for him [Marcus], I have to have on what I would call a ‘Mother’s face,’ you know, like nothings wrong. But behind closed doors, that’s when I really get a chance to let everything out. But I don’t let him see that side of me. Not many people see that side of me.”

Without a new kidney, doctors said Gigi has an estimated five years to live while on dialysis. That’s why she’s on a quest to find a living donor. 

You may even see her plea for a new kidney on the back of her truck while you’re riding around Springfield. She has a window decal that reads: Looking for a kidney donor. Type A blood. 413-276-9494.

Despite the hardships ahead, Gigi remains hopeful that the call will come soon. 

“I’ve always dreamt about that day I get that phone call,” Gigi said. “My bags already packed.”

Gigi said anyone with Type O or Type A blood is a possible match. If you are interested in saving her life, you can reach her at 413-276-9494 or Mar2marcus@comcast.net and she will put you in contact with her doctors. Gigi said it wouldn’t cost the donor a thing.

There is just one disclaimer for her potential donor:

“If you become a donor, you’ll be stuck with me your whole life, because you won’t get rid of me. That’s the downside of it,” Gigi joked. 

WEB EXTRA: Full interview with Gigi

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