Good Samaritans hoping to be match for Westfield man looking for kidney donor

Hampden County

WESTFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – 22News first brought you the story last week of a Westfield man in need of a kidney, and now some good Samaritans are hoping they might be a match.

Robert LaFogg is a father and grandfather, who has to attend four hours of dialysis three times a week after being diagnosed with stage five kidney disease in January. 

Related: Westfield family looking for kidney donor to save grandfather’s life

LaFogg’s wife said there are around 100,000 people on the waiting list for a deceased kidney donor, and the family is hoping to find a living donor. 

Brenda O’Connell, a Northfield resident, was one of several people who has reached out wanting to see if they might be a match. 

“I also saw that they were looking for A negative, which I happen to be,” said O’Connell. “I’m a donor, but that happens after you’re gone, so you don’t get to see. I thought this way, I thought it would be cool to know that while I’m still here, I’ve helped someone.”

LaFogg is looking for a donor with blood type O, or A negative or positive.

Potential donors have to be tested to see if they actually are a match. 

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