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An Israeli operating room. (file photo)

The family of 27-year-old Rachael is not used to asking for help nor is she used to accepting it. But Rachael Eisenson, who has Familial Disautonomia, hasn’t got time for such choices anymore. She needs a new kidney — yesterday.

Rachael was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure, which is why she needs a transplant. But because of her blood pressure issues, she is not a viable candidate for dialysis; and this is what has raised her need for a donor kidney to the critical level.

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The good news is that she has been accepted into Cornell Medical Center’s Renal Transplant Program.

The bad news is that her entire family has been tested and none have been found to be suitable donors due to their incompatible blood types.

Rachael has blood type “O.”

“It is a very difficult decision for our family to ask our friends and families to help us search for a kidney for Rachael,” writes her father. “Although the entire process is extremely challenging for us, you can only imagine how hard it’s been for Rachael. Both she and Debby (her mother) have been struggling non-stop for months both in and out of the hospital.

“Your assistance in helping us find a donor kidney would be life-saving! We truly appreciate the staggering imposition of this letter but our daughter deserves better.”

At JewishPress.com we know how proactive our readership can be, and so we now turn to you on behalf of this young Jewish woman.

Readers who are considering donating a kidney are asked to please contact the Donor Team for Registration at: 212-746-3922 (8 am to 4pm EST) ) or by email at anr9118@nyp.org.

All potential donors should inform the donor team they are calling for Rachael Eisenson. Cornell will explain the entire procedure, there is no cost, it can be done near the reader’s home and no one is under any obligation. Those who require additional information are asked to please contact drdebby727@gmail.com, fax: 631-584-8065. One can also contact Maria Abreu-Goris, transplant coordinator at Cornell at maa2038@nyp.org. If donation is not an option, the family requests our readers to please reach out to as many people as possible, to help find Rachael a kidney. If possible, reach out to “friends and families, business and social organizations, religious organizations, synagogues, churches, schools, social media contacts, and anyone else.

“Words cannot express our appreciation for your help and consideration,” the family adds. “Thank you and God bless.”

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.