EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Thirty-four-year-old Omar Hernandez is a father to three young children. Just three years and one day after his youngest child was born, he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure. He is now fearful he will not see his children grow up.
“It was very unexpected news, I mean it was a point that we were so happy that the baby was born healthy and then the next day everything was taken away,” said Patricia Hernandez, Omar’s wife.
It’s a tough topic for the Hernandez family. Seven-year-old Nathalia began to cry while her mother and father spoke about her father’s struggles with KTSM.
Omar’s health is not getting any better as he is currently on dialysis and on the San Antonio University Transplant Center waiting list.
Omar is on the waiting list for a cadaver kidney, but his wife is hopeful that he could receive a living donor kidney because it will last longer than a cadaver will.
“It is hard, and it does cross my mind every day, just wondering if you are going to be there. You know if you’re going to be there for their graduation, for their first grade,” Omar Hernandez.
Patricia Hernandez tells KTSM she was nervous about making fliers and using social media to ask the community for help. She says no one in their family can donate for different health reasons.
“It took me a while, I didn’t know how to come out here to see if the community, family and friends could help us out, to find a kidney living donor for him. Because as time passes by it’s been getting very difficult health wise,” said Patricia Hernandez.
Despite the struggles, the Hernandez family says they are not giving up. The family had t-shirts made that say “share life” on the front and “team dad” on the back.
“We love him so much and we really need your help to take care of him,” said Nathalia, Omar’s seven-year-old.
They now have a new family motto, “we are on a race with no finish line”.
If you are interested in helping Omar Hernandez you can go to www.UTCLivingDonor.com and click on “living kidney donor”. Or email Omarneedsakidney@gmail.com.