Suddenly, this past July, I was diagnosed with Stage 5 Kidney Disease. Both kidneys are failing me and I need a kidney transplant as soon as possible. Please help me find a donor by telling people about this website www.kidneyforamato.com and/or considering *getting tested* to see if you could be my donor.
"I am a family man married to Maddalena for 37 years, two children, Carmine and Carmelina, and a 8-year-old granddaughter. I was born in Longano, Italy, and grew up in Philadelphia.
I have dedicated the last 30 years helping others, but now,
"I am the one that needs your help!"
With 100,000 patients on the waiting list for a kidney, receiving a kidney from a friend as soon as possible would greatly improve my chances of making it through this disease
"With my granddaughter Maria Cristina
(We call her Tina)
I would love to see her get married!"
I am a strong Catholic and I firmly believe in the power of prayer
Whatever your religion is, any prayers on my behalf will be greatly appreciated
On April 16, 2021 four men went under the knife. Two were donors and two were recipients. The wonderful Dr. Antonio Di Carlo performed the surgery at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia
Amato received a kidney!
Amato and his donor Giovanni "John" Costa the day before surgery!
Both men joked that they were competing on who was having more complications. Amato had to go back twice in the OR to control internal bleeding. Giovanni developed Ileus and could not eat for 10 days. A typical stay for donor/recipient is 1-2 days for the donor and one week for recipient. Not these two guys. Giovanni was hospitalized for 12 days and Amato for 13 days!
Once home, both men are getting better each day. These pictures are from May 1st. Tina celebrated her First Communion