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Let's find a kidney for Arlene DiBenigno

Despite kidney failure several years ago, Arlene DiBenigno continues advising political, corporate, and other clients

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Despite kidney failure several years ago, Arlene DiBenigno continues advising political, corporate, and other clients

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July

Ace political consultant Arlene DiBenigno for several years has kept her serious health problems mostly quiet, but friends have started a Facebook page to encourage prayers and hopefully find a suitable kidney donor for the former adviser to Republican Govs. Jeb Bush and Charlie Crist. It's called Let's Find Arlene a Kidney. From the page:

....For four years, three times a week she’s had dialysis through a variety of different mechanisms to keep her alive, and while painful and daunting, this blood-cleaning treatment has allowed her to keep hope alive while moving up the kidney donor recipient list. Unfortunately, these years have also been met with challenge after challenge, each more severe than the last. Currently, Arlene’s once again in the hospital and facing the removal of her leg graft – the last remaining hope for dialysis treatment – due to an infection that’s attached itself to the device.

While now at the top of a number of kidney transplant lists, including the national living donor list, no match has been found given her elevated antibody levels – which makes finding a match incredibly difficult. She’s now at a point where every second counts and needs your help to consider being tested, and if a match, become a living donor. Her brother has selflessly agreed to give his kidney in the hope that Arlene receives the lifesaving organ, and will upon a successful transplant...

[Last modified: Sunday, July 17, 2016 10:55pm]

    

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