Daughter agrees to donate kidney to ailing mom
With one of her daughters finally finding the courage to donate a kidney to her, Deneise Whyte, who is virtually without a functioning kidney, is seeking the assistance of the public to cover her medical expenses.
"My daughter and I have been talking for a while and, out of the blue, she just come to me and said she is willing to donate the kidney for me, after saying she was afraid all along," Whyte told THE STAR.
The newspaper first highlighted Whyte's plight in April.
Having already done a blood test, the 51-year-old mother of four still has more tests to do and faces the possibility of travelling overseas to complete a kidney transplant, if the tests prove she is compatible with her daughter.
"Both of us blood are B positive, but we need to do more tests, but I don't have any money to do the tests. They say that we have three more tests to do so they can decide whether the transplant can take place. And what they say is that the transplant can't be done in Jamaica," said Whyte, who lives in Windsor Heights, St Catherine.
Whyte's cousin, Sylvia Pinnock, said she needs assistance urgently.
"She don't have no kidney at all. It is both kidneys that are infected," Pinnock explained.
With the financial and physical burden of getting treatment, including going to dialysis every other day, Whyte said that sometimes she is forced to miss the sessions because she doesn't have the money.
ADMITTED IN HOSPITAL
"When she don't go to the dialysis, that is the time that she is down and the belly swells. She feels pain and starts getting short of breath. If she miss a day, then it is that time that she is affected, and sometimes she all admitted to the hospital," Pinnock told THE STAR.
To survive and raise money to fund her medical bills, Whyte said that she has tried numerous ventures, including a fish fry, car wash and a drink-up.
But the money she earned was not enough to cover all of her treatment.
"So we just use the money that we get for the same dialysis, so that is why we seeking to help to do the tests," she said.
To make matters worse, Whyte's sight is rapidly declining because she is diabetic and has high blood pressure.
"The sight is leaving. I can't even read the messages on the phone anymore, so they have to be voice-noting me," said Whyte, who is now completely blind in her right eye.
She said the cost of the further tests may vary based on information she has got from medical officials.
Persons who wish to assist Deneise Whyte may contact Sylvia Pinnock at 893-4013 or make donations to JNBS account number: 11070181 (New Kingston Branch)