Romany Nageeb has provided Caswell County residents with quite a few kind words and delicious deli sandwiches over the past two years as owner of the Yanceyville Mart, located on N.C. 86-South by the Milton exit.
Now, Nageeb needs a little bit of help from his Caswell friends, customers and family.
Nageeb, after years of battling kidney stones, is currently undergoing dialysis and is in search of a new kidney.
“I started having kidney problems about 15 years ago and in that time, I’ve had about 33 kidney stones,” Nageeb said. “I had surgery about 15 years ago after high school and after having so many kidney stones, they’ve left damage to my kidneys.”
Nageeb has owned and operated the Yanceyville Mart for the past two years, all while searching for a donor who can match is O-blood type.
The Caswell resident knows that money is tight for many of the county’s residents and isn’t looking for a handout. Instead, he’s asking the community to assist him in search for a new kidney and a return to good health.
“If somebody can find me a kidney, that’s all I need,” Nageeb said. “I have insurance, thank God, and I can cover the surgery and all that, but it’s been a struggle to find the kidney.”
“One good thing about the transplant is that insurance will not cover the surgery for me, but for the person who donates their kidney as well.”
According to Nageeb, his brothers and sisters still living in his hometown of Cairo, Egypt, can provide a match for the kidney. However, political red tape has made the process more difficult for the Caswell business owner.
“The problem is getting my two brothers and two sisters over here from my country,” Nageeb said. “I go to the government and ask if I can get them over here, but it’s not that easy. That’s one of the main reasons we’re having such a hard time finding the kidney.”
Last month, Nageeb started feeling rundown and tired. No matter what he did, the usually energetic Nageeb was finding it hard to keep the pace of his busy life.
Concerned, Nageeb went into the doctor who told him he was in renal failure and would require not only dialysis, but a new kidney as well. It was crushing blow, despite his long-time suffering.
Nageeb loves his store, loves his work and loves his customers but since starting dialysis earlier in the year, he’s been forced to lighten his work load. In the blink of an eye, he’s gone from putting in 12-hour work days to only being able to work an hour or two a day.
“I’ve been having a hard time with dialysis,” Nageeb said. “I’m trying to get this transplant as soon as possible because doing dialysis three days a week has made it hard to run my business, and I love to work.”
“I don’t want to close down this shop because as far as I’m concerned, I have one of the best sandwich shops in Caswell County.”
Luckily for Nageeb, he’s getting by with a little help from his friends and family.
His wife and co-owner, Mariam, along with his cousin have stepped in and taken over certain duties. Mariam works the deli and helps with customer service, while his cousin operates the register.
“They’ve been really great and have been a real blessing,” Nageeb said. “I really love this shop and want to keep it open and I wouldn’t be able to do that without them. I still do a lot of the ordering but they’ve stepped in and taken over a majority of it, which I’m grateful for.”