St. Louis Post-Dispatch 

Patients awaiting organ transplants start their own searches


ST. LOUIS (AP) — Elizabeth Barton's kidneys have failed her.

The Hillsboro mother has end-stage renal disease, and in order to survive she's on dialysis 18 hours a day. Fluid pumped into her veins through a tube in her stomach cleans her blood as a kidney should.

Barton, 38, is among the roughly 1,000 St. Louis-area residents who are waiting for a kidney transplant, a wait that can last years.

In a trend that's being encouraged and supported by transplant coordinators, she, her friends and her family have launched their own campaign to find a willing donor.

Despite the pain and exhaustion...

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