SELDEN, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man is making a desperate plea for a living kidney donor.
Matthew Botchler, 37, of Selden has been plagued by illness since birth and now his kidneys are in rapid failure.
Botchler is on a seven to nine year waiting list for a kidney transplant, but his condition is so severe that he knows he won’t make it.
He’s on his own to find a suitable living donor, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.
“If I don’t go out and find it myself I may never find it,” Botchler said. “It’s not the easiest thing to find, so it’s not like you can just walk up to anybody and say, ‘Hey, can I have your kidney?'”
Botchler has set up a Facebook page — Matt’s Kidney Kampaign — and is issuing an emergency plea to strangers.
Botchler is engaged to be married.
“She has stood by me through thick and thin and she is a true angel,” Botchler said.
His fiancée, family members and friends are not suitable blood matches.
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