Bridgeport officials look to help man in need of new kidney
Bridgeport officials are drumming up support for a local dialysis patient who's so sick that his bid for a lifesaving organ transplant is on hold.
On Wednesday, Mayor Joe Ganim and members of the Bridgeport City Council crowded into the home of 32-year-old Jose Ortiz.
Officials say Ortiz needs to stabilize before doctors will even consider giving him a new kidney. Because Ortiz has been too sick to work, he needs help providing the basics for his wife and two children.
The East End resident says people tell him that his resilience "is a great source of inspiration."
City leaders are also trying to get a portable, wheelchair-accessible ramp for Ortiz, who has recently had three heart attacks and suffered a leg amputation. They are looking to the public to raise $25,000.