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Local Update for World Kidney Day

Local Update for World Kidney Day

On World Kidney Day, two local men get to enjoy healthy lives.

Today is World Kidney Day! Our kidneys are hard workers; they remove waste from our bodies, they keep our bones healthy, they help make red blood cells, they help keep our blood pressure under control, and if that wasn’t enough, they keep our body’s overall chemical balance at the correct levels. Without them, we’re in trouble.

More specifically, they remove excess organic molecules from the blood, and it is by this action that their best-known function is performed: the removal of waste products of metabolism. Kidneys are essential to the urinary system and also serve homeostatic functions such as the regulation of electrolytes, maintenance of acid-base balance, and regulation of blood pressure (via maintaining the salt and water balance).

They serve the body as a natural filter of the blood, and remove water-soluble wastes which are diverted to the bladder.  In producing urine, the kidneys excrete additional wastes such as urea and ammonium. They are also responsible for the reabsorption of water, glucose, and amino acids. The kidneys also produce hormones.

Located at the rear of the abdominal cavity, the kidneys receive blood from the paired renal arteries, paired and drain into the paired renal veins. Each kidney excretes urine into ureter which empties into the bladder.

Renal physiology is the study of kidney function, while nephrology is the medical specialty concerned with kidney diseases. Diseases of the kidney are diverse, but individuals with kidney disease frequently display characteristic clinical features. Various cancers of the kidney exist. Cancers, cysts, and some other renal conditions can be managed with removal of the kidney. When renal function is persistently poor, dialysis and kidney transplantations are considered. Although they are not normally harmful, kidney stones can be extremely painful.

This was the plight of Thousand Oaks local Tony Falato. He was diagnosed with stage 4 renal failure this time last year. When his fellow Rotary Club of Simi Valley member Rocky Rhodes heard about his situation, he stepped up.

On January 19th, Rhodes donated his kidney to save Falato’s life. What should have been a routine procedure went south after a tool failed to seal Rhodes’ artery, resulting in major bleeding. Fortunately, the staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center acted fast and stopped the bleeding. Besides some extra scarring, Rhodes reports everything is quickly going back to normal.

Thanks to his generosity, Felato gets a new lease on life. He plans to work to spread awareness about kidney donation once he’s fully recovered. You can read their full story here.

Would you consider saving a life by donating your kidney? We’ll be asking this serious question at The Maria Sanchez Show today in honor of World Kidney Day, and we hope you’ll do the same.

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