Mr. John Sheffey received his second kidney transplant on July 30, 2016, after being on dialysis since 2011. His first Kidney transplant was in April of 2007. Before he had renal failure, he was the Bell Captain and Tour Director at the Abingdon Martha Washington Inn for 52 years. He started working with his grandfather when he was 13 years old to help out his family. His father died of kidney cancer when he was 5 years old. The last 9 years have been rough. By going back and forth to the hospital and doctor offices he has drained all of his financial resources. When his first kidney transplant failed in 2011, he was in a coma for a month. He had to learn how to walk again and was in and out of the hospital for 6 months. He was placed back on dialysis in order to keep him alive. The cost of the medications is very high and the bills have piled up. He lives in Abingdon, VA, which is a 2 hour drive to UT Medical Center. His daughters take him back and forth to Knoxville. He is looking for assistance with the gas cost of $225.00 to get to his doctor’s appointments.
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