Hunt for a kidney

Local businessman Romany Nageeb is trying everything he knows to find a kidney donor.

Many customers in the area know Romany Nageeb, 33, from his store on NC 86 S by the Milton exit, Yanceyville Mart, New York Deli. Not only is he renown for delicious food, he is also well known for needing a new kidney.

Nageeb has battled kidney stones all of his life due to a genetic condition that is also affecting his two brothers and two sisters who still live in Egypt. He has owned and operated the Yanceyville store for about four years along with his wife, Mariam, who helps him with the deli and customer service.

“I started having kidney problems 17 years ago and in that time, I’ve had at least 33 kidney stones,” Nageeb says. “I had surgery about 17 years ago after high school, but so many stones have left damage to my kidneys.”

He began taking hemodialysis around four years ago when he went into renal failure. Unfortunately, this traditional dialysis didn’t work for him so he was placed on peritoneal dialysis that requires him to be hooked up to the machines for ten hours every night seven days a week (after working a 12-hour shift). “It is very uncomfortable and I can’t get but a couple of hours sleep a night before I go to work the next day. I can’t use the other type of dialysis because it causes me to have a huge drop in blood pressure and I feel really sick. My back hurts so bad and I feel very drained,” Nageeb shares.

Although his blood type is O, he wants everyone to understand they do not have to be the same blood type to make a donation. “They can make a donation in my name that will go to someone with that blood type. I will be given a kidney to match myself…so they will be saving two lives, mine and the other person getting the kidney they donated.”

Nageeb has health insurance that will pay all of the donor’s expenses for testing, surgery, recovery, complications, etc.

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.”

He has been on the waiting list for a year now at Duke University, UNC, UVA, and Wake Forest. Average waiting time to get a kidney is seven years.

If you are interested in being tested to be a donor of a life saving kidney, call Nageeb at 919-627-3912 or Duke Kidney Transplant line at 919-613-7777. Be sure to give his code number for this designation, MRN D1879226.

Donations can be made from ages 21-70.

There are over 100,000 people waiting for organs in America (over 80% are for kidneys). Almost 2,000 are children under the age of 18. Around 20 people die each day waiting for an organ donation. Only 3 in 1,000 people die in a way that allows for organ donation. About 3,000 people in North Carolina are waiting for a kidney. Living donations actually save two people. First is the recipient and secondly, by removing the recipient off the list someone else moves up. The surgical risk to living donors is less than 1%. Most are done laproscopicly or roboticly, but on rare occasions they still do the old open method.