Doctors at UCSF and California Pacific Medical finished up the final 18 surgeries in a rare nine-way kidney transplant swap at the two San Francisco hospitals.
The swap, which took two days to complete, marks the nation’s first 9-way kidney transplant chain in a single city, Kron 4 reported.
While the transplant surgeons managed to successfully complete the multitude of surgeries, former Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles actor Ernie Reyes Jr. is in need of a kidney transplant.
Ernie, who is suffering from kidney failure, is currently undergoing dialysis treatment three times a week, for hours each day, while he awaits a kidney transplant, according to the GoFundMe page his sister Destiny Reyes setup on his behalf.
Destiny wrote on her brother’s GoFundMe page:
You may know or remember Ernie as a child in Last Dragon and Sidekicks, or as that teenager from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. You may also remember him from The Rundown with “The Rock” or even his most recent star appearance on NCIS: Los Angeles. My brother has spent his entire childhood and adult life fighting in films and television, but now his battle has gone from the screen to reality, fighting for his life.
The crowdfunding campaign aims to raise a total of $75,000 towards Ernie’s kidney transplant. The campaign, which began on Friday, has already exceeded $15,000 in contributions from over 230 people.
In unrelated kidney coverage here at Immortal News, a recently conducted study by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has found that kidney function could be a better gauge of heart attack risk than cholesterol levels.