DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Chances are slim for a teenager who needs a kidney. Only two-percent of the population could make a potential match. His mother thinks Facebook could help them find the kidney they need.
All Blake Jordan Pearce wants right now is his BMX bike and a ramp.
It’s all he can do to move around right now. A dialysis session wiped him out for the day.
“You just take it day by day and just hope one day you get the call,” Blake said.
Blake and his mother, Stephanie, live in Oklahoma. They’ve been staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Dallas since January.
That’s when Blake developed an infection and was taken by medical helicopter to Children Medical Center.
“Watching him just fight to live is excruciating. It is. It is. You have a kid and it’s your heart,” Stephanie Pearce said.
Blake’s fight for life started March 19, 1994. That was the day he was born. It was traumatic. His mother was rushed to the hospital where doctors performed an emergency C-section.
Blake had to be resuscitated. “All of his organs shut down to save the brain,” his mother said.
His kidneys suffered most. “When he was 13. They quit working all together,” she said.
Blake received his first kidney transplant in 2007. But his body rejected it. “He’s the only patient in the world which has rejected it within 2 weeks of transplant,” she said.
Stephanie Pearce said they knew the kidney had come from an alcohol related fatality. What found out later was that the kidney not only tested positive for alcohol but for marijuana and cocaine as well.
Because his body rejected the first kidney, it’s likely to reject any kidney that is biologically similar. That’s almost everyone.
Dr. Dev Desai is Blake’s transplant surgeon at Children’s Medical Center in Dallas. “So, only two percent of the local or regional population would be a potential match for Blake,” said Dr. Desai.
Dr. Desai did the math. If there are four million people in the Metroplex, two-percent would be 80,0000 people.
Widening the net would help which is why Stephanie Pearce has turned to Facebook to help her son find a kidney.
2,200 people have already “liked” his page called “Blake Jordan’s Miracle.”
More than a thumbs up he needs a kidney from a living donor. It can’t be anyone with high blood pressure or diabetes and the blood type needs to be O-positive.
Blake is 17. He just wants to live like everyone else.
Anyone needing more information can contact Children’s Medical Center in Dallas.