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Vernon grandpa needs a kidney (SPH)

Harry Bryant retired in Vernon with his wife, Carol. He was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease at the age of 50 and has taken his search for a donor online. (Photo credit: Vernon Morning Star)

Harry Bryant turns to Facebook to search for a donor, educate others on kidney disease.

Harry Bryant was in tip-top shape when he turned 50, or at least that’s what he thought before the checkup his wife, Carol, pushed him to book. It led him to be diagnosed with chronic kidney disease.

He was told by doctors treating him in Vancouver he could wait until dialysis is necessary — at that point, patients are automatically added to the cadaver organ waitlist — or he could push to find his own living donor.

“‘Don’t just sit there and wait for it to happen,’” he recalled a doctor from St. Paul’s Hospital in Vancouver saying to him. “Make it happen.”

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