Ugyen & Tandin After Kidney Transplant
Dear Acharaya-la and organization,
This journey began in September, 2014 when Ugyen and her husband, Tandin, left Bhutan. Ugyen was in critical need of a kidney transplant and in Bhutan, Tandin had been confirmed as a possible match for donating his kidney. They travelled by train to Bangalore, India seeking to be placed on a kidney transplant list . They established a modest residence in Bangalore as they underwent seemingly endless testing. Ugyen had to receive hemodyalisis during the wait, and Tandin had to undergo tissue typing to see if he was an acceptable donor.
In December, 2014, the couple discovered that Tandin was, in fact, a good donor match, and Ugyen, following kidney dialysis, was gaining strength for transplant surgery. Ugyen received her kidney from her husband in January, 2015. There were some difficult times during recovery for both of them, especially for Ugyen. She did, however, progress according to the schedule outlined by her kidney transplant team, and has been given the go-ahead to return to Bhutan. As of June, 1, 2015, they are on their way home.
They are required to return in 3 months to the Bangalore clinic and hospital for exams and testing.
Their financial status remains dire and they will require addition help for this trip. It is estimated that they will need $5,000 in additional funds for doctors' visits, medication, lab tests, transportation, food, and housing.
Of the $9,600 received in the initial request for funding, $9,100 have been spent over these nine months. It's clear, with your generosity, Ugyen is alive today! Acharya Tashi and Bodhi Seeds received this thank you that goes out to all of you from Tandin: