Coach Needs Kidney Transplant
POSTED: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 - 6:05pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm
Michael Madrid loves his job. Michael says "I love football. I love being around the kids."
Michael suffers from something called Polycystic Kidney Disease, an illness that took his fathers life way too early. "I'm tired all of the time," Michael said, "I see other people doing all of the fun things that I can't do."
Michael's a modest guy. Not the type of guy to complain. His wife say his illness is taking a toll.
In many ways, she says he's a shadow of the man he once was.
"Even things like carrying our son around, the baby's too big and too heavy for him to just carry around."
In the summer Michael had both kidneys removed, which means he's completely dependant on machines. Michael can't stay alive without doing dialysis 3 times a week. He goes to dialysis at seven o'clock at night and he stays here until 4:30 in the morning. Then he goes home to sleep for one hour before going back to work.
What Michael needs to turn things around, is a new kidney. Lots of people in his family have offered to donate, but so far, they've only found one match. It was an aunt, but she didn't make it through the rigorous approval proccess.
"He never ceases to amaze me," his wife, Jennifer said. "He has a great attitude about it. He's so strong, he's become my hero through all of this." And now, Jennifer might just become his. Jennifer will soon be tested.
Now Jennifer's going to venture through that rigorous approval process. and if it works, Jennifer says "it means I can have my husband back and the kids can have their dad back."