Still no kidney for a St. Louis woman in need of one

Charlotte Ottley started dialysis in mid-June.

Carol Daniel
July 30, 2019 - 3:55 am

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) — In the U.S., 100,000 people are waiting for a kidney donation. Charlotte Ottley is one of them.

KMOX's Carol Daniel is checking back in with her for an update on her search.  

"I am making the best of a bad situation." Ottley says.

That's how she has handled learning that she was in kidney failure last year and would need a kidney or have to go on dialysis. She hasn't found a donor yet and had to start dialysis in mid-June.  She goes three days a week for five hours each.

"I cried every day the first week," she told Carol Daniel. 

Ottley says even if she gets a kidney, she's not sure how she'll afford the $1500 dollars needed to pay for medication monthly. 

If you'd like to see if you are a match, you can call the Kidney Transplant Office at 800-633-9906. You must be at least 18, be in good physical and mental health and undergo a full medical exam first.