Got a spare kidney?
One Carroll Gardens mom, Gerilyn Aiello, has launched a campaign to find the person who could save her 6-year-old son, Dominico Jr., from a lifetime of dialysis.
Aiello was all set to donate the organ to Dominico, a kindergartener at PS 58, until doctors discovered that her own kidney wasn’t strong enough for the transplant.
Now the wide-eyed “Wiggles” fan is on a list for transplants at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, but his mother worries that a donor won’t be found fast enough.
“We’ve been waiting for a long time,” said Aiello, “so we’ve decided to try to find the donor ourselves.”
Nine hundred people are on the waiting list for donor kidneys at Montefiore, according to a spokesman. Citywide, there are 9,000 people awaiting donations for the essential organ.
The Montefiore spokesman, Steve Osborne, said the typical kidney transplant patient waits five to seven years for the life-saving operation.
Finding the right donor can take years off the process, he said.
Dominico was born at Long Island College Hospital, a few blocks from his Hicks Street home.
His condition became apparent immediately, and already, he has undergone 15 surgeries during his short life. Aiello wants to avoid dialysis because of the toll the two-hour daily treatment would have on her son’s life.
“He’s a simple kid,” she said. “He likes to play outside with his cousins. He likes to go to the playground on Hicks Sreet. He just wants to be healthy.”
To be eligible, the donor must be blood type B or O.
The Aiello family can be reached at (718) 858-7195.