high hopes: Shiva Singh, 22, who is appealing for a kidney donor, at his home in Penal during an interview with the Express last week. —Photo: DAVE PERSAD

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Help pours in for kidney patient

By Carolyn Kissoon

SHIVA Singh, the 22-year-old man in desperate need of a kidney transplant, has received numerous calls from people willing to help.

Singh’s mother, Radica Singh, said she was surprised by the number of calls she received from Express readers following publication of the story on Monday. 

“People started calling the same day the article was published in the Express. Everyone willing to donate blood for the surgery. And at least two people have offered to get tested to see if they are compatible with Shiva. I was very pleased with the response,” she said.

Singh is hoping that her son, who was diagnosed with a severe kidney ailment, will find a kidney donor before Christmas.

She said her son wants to lead a normal life. He wants to return to school, land a job and have his own family, she said.

Shiva Singh was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS)—a rare disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering system (glomeruli) causing serious scarring.

Singh has been suffering with the ailment since he was two years old, his mother said.

He has been undergoing dialysis treatment at the Eric Williams Medical Sciences Complex in Mt Hope for almost 11 years.

“My son cannot survive on dialysis. The doctor told me this is what is keeping him alive, but that cannot hold out very long. We need a donor urgently. And I am pleading with anyone in the public to assist,” his mother said.

Singh’s parents and two siblings have been tested but were not compatible.

Anyone willing to assist Shiva Singh can contact his mother at 647-8225 and 476-8670.

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