Time is running out for Greenwich single mom in need of living kidney donation
A single mom in Greenwich is searching for a live donor after an autoimmune disease took most of her kidney function.
Roseann Bleier hired Meire Santos as a nanny back in 1998 after the then-20-year-old moved from Brazil. Bleier says during her employment and since, Santos became more like family.
She now accompanies Santos to all her doctor's appointments. Santos’ kidney function is under 10% and a deceased-donor kidney still looks to be years away.
"The waiting list is five to seven years, maybe longer,” says Blejer. “She doesn't have that kind of time."
The Flood Sisters - Cynthia, Heather and Jennifer – are now working to find Santos a kidney through the foundation they started in 2008 after they found their own father's kidney donor through Craig's List.
The Flood Sisters Kidney Foundation has since helped 13 patients with failing kidneys find living donors along with support they say is desperately needed along the journey.
The sisters and Santos' extended American family are asking for potential donors to reach out and take a matching test.