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

Hampden County

A father and grandfather in Westfield diagnosed with stage 5 kidney disease is looking for a donor. 

Robert LaFogg was diagnosed with stage 4 kidney disease last August, and by January, it had progressed to stage 5. 

“Had a doctors appointment at 2 p.m., 4 p.m., I was at Baystate, next day I was on dialysis, and I’ve been on it ever since,” LaFogg explained to 22News.

Now, Robert wakes at 4 a.m., three times a week, with most of his day devoted to dialysis. His wife Wanda, and his sons and grandchildren are hoping he can find a donor. 

“It would be the best thing in the world. He’s the love of my life,” Wanda LaFogg’s, his wife said.

Wanda said there are currently more than 100,000 people on the waiting list for a deceased kidney donor, which can take anywhere from two to five years. Even then, the kidney might not be a match.

The family is hoping a living donor will come forward, someone with blood type A-negative or positive, or O, the universal donor. 

Until that day comes, LaFogg can’t alter his dialysis schedule.

Wanda said, “Four hours, Tuesday’s, Thursday’s and Saturday’s.”

Robert said the process can be difficult, “Sometimes I have incidents where my blood pressure drops real low, and I almost pass out and get cold sweats, cramp up and everything, but they put fluid right back in me. It’s fine when I’m at dialysis, but when I get home I’m shot for the rest of the day.”

Robert has been deemed healthy enough for a transplant. Now all he needs is one major act of kindness and a kidney. 

His wife said, “He’s an awesome father, grandfather, husband. Everything in the world to me, and I can’t survive without him. I need him.”

If you’d like to find out if you might be a match, email wblafoggg20@gmail.com

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