Eau Claire Woman Continues Search for Kidney

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Wis. (WLAXWEUX) – An Eau Claire woman’s search for a kidney donor continues.

We introduced you to her in August and have since been following her journey.

First news at nine’s Leeann Stapleton shares where Linda is at now, and inspiration from another Eau Claire woman who donated her kidney two years ago. 

Linda Leazott-Dzuik has stage four polycystic kidney disease.

For the past four years, she’s been looking for a living kidney donor.

“It should, from a living donor, last longer than a deceased donor. That’s what I’ve been told by my doctors.” said Leazott-Dzuik.

“I’m hopeful that some are coming forward”

Someone like Laura Doty who donated her kidney to a complete stranger, Ann Schnagl, in 2019.

“I just always I found it interesting that people have two kidneys but can function just as well on one if they’re healthy going in. I think the lord just kind of blessed my life with health so far and I decided to help someone else who has health problems.” said Doty.

“I was grateful and I was like Laura’s my angel because dialysis was very hard on me and I had to work full time because I needed insurance to pay for it. It about killed me.”

Doty says she hasn’t regretted her decision for a second

Doty said, “People will say to me, well why would you do that for a stranger. The way I look at is, she’s a stranger to me, but she’s someone else’s sister or someone’s daughter and how would I feel in that situation.”

Since beginning her search, two donors have come forward to help Leazott-Dzuik. However, the surgeries were unable to go on due to health and personal reasons with the donors.

Leazott-Dzuik said, “I would just be so thankful for someone to come forward. It would mean that I could be a mother and a grandma some more, this time on earth here would be a little bit longer.”

Leazott-Dzuik is on dialysis while she waits for her own doty to volunteer

“It’s really not easy being on dialysis all night and I wake up and I unhook at 5 in the morning and then I have to lay down and sleep for at least five hours so I can at least feel like a human being when I wake up.”

Leazott-Dzuik says a kidney would mean she could get back to spending more time with the people she holds close to her heart.

“I really live for my children and my grandchildren. They really just love coming over to see me and whenever I them they say can I stay overnight and so I always try to keep them, but it’s a lot of work for me.”

Doty says after donating, she’s living a normal healthy life and encourages others to make a difference in someone’s life.

“I think it all comes back to putting yourself in someone else’s shoes. It’s not for everybody, but it’s a way to make a difference, personally, physically in someone else’s life and I don’t think those opportunities come around very often.” said Doty. If you’re interested in becoming a kidney donor or want to learn more about Leazott-Dzuik’s story, you can do so on our website. 

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