Ijeoma's Story


Ijeoma Uzoho is on dialysis, a life-saving treatment to replace her lost kidney function. She is one of 93,000 people in the US awaiting a kidney transplant. Her life is on hold until she finds the match that can save her life, and waiting for a match from a deceased donor could take years.

Ijeoma needs a kidney from a donor with A+ or O+ blood. 

Maybe that’s you? What if you could save her life?

What if we told you she had already lost nearly everything?

Ijeoma came to the USA as a young, hopeful college student. The oldest of seven children, she grew up in Mbaitoli, Nigeria and graduated high school early. At age 20, Ijeoma graduated from the University of Maryland School of Nursing and got her first nursing job.

Ijeoma then went back to school and, in 2015, she graduated from Notre Dame of Maryland University School of Pharmacy with her doctorate.

For a while, it seemed like Ijeoma had made it. She finished her education, had a good job, she got married in March of 2016, and she got pregnant. 

Her dreams of having a family were finally coming true. 

And then all of it slipped away.

At 20 weeks pregnant, Ijeoma started seeing her doctor more frequently because her cervix was shortening. Then, at 23 weeks, her cervix opened and her water broke. She was admitted to the hospital and put on bedrest. After 3 days in the hospital, she wasn’t feeling well. She had the chills and there were other signs she had an infection. She was worried about her baby, who had been incredibly active that day. This went on for hours, and then her baby’s movement suddenly stopped, and then there was no fetal heartbeat. All this happened while she was an admitted patient in an American hospital.

Ijeoma’s baby died in utero, and she herself became really sick.

Here’s the devastating piece of this story: data shows that Black women and infants have worse healthcare outcomes in the USA. Too often, what harms Black mothers and babies in the USA are preventable incidents of infection or stress-induced illness.

After an ultrasound showed that Ijeoma’s baby had died in utero, she was induced, her baby stillborn, and then tests revealed that she had sepsis. She was intubated. 

Days later, when she awoke from a medically induced coma, Ijeoma was told that she had sustained kidney injury leading to kidney failure, and found she was hooked up to a dialysis machine.

Ijeoma  was in the hospital for a month, but her kidney function never recovered. She is still on dialysis today. Three years later, Ijeoma’s kidneys have failed completely.

Ijeoma has lost everything— her marriage, her baby, her health, and her job. 

Ijeoma needs a kidney transplant so she can pick up the pieces, get back to her career, and go on with her life.

If your blood type is A+ or O+, this could be the way you save a person’s life.

It sounds intense, and IT IS incredible, but living kidney donation is now a common procedure. After a few weeks of recovery, living donors usually go on to lead normal, healthy lives. 

Doctors won’t let you donate unless you are in great health with few known risk factors.

Ijeoma is approved to receive a kidney transplant at six highly reputable transplant centers across the USA.

Click here to see the list of transplant centers, then choose the nearest center to start the initial online inquiry process to see if you are a match.

Saving a life is no small thing. Thank you for taking the steps to get tested!

Living Kidney Donation

If you have A+ or O+ blood, you could be Ijeoma's match.

Click here to find the nearest transplant center to you, then complete the online questionnaire (indicate you are interested in donating a kidney to Ijeoma Uzoho) or call the number above for the transplant center nearest to you to get started.

The entire process is safe, free, and confidential.

Ijeoma's insurance will cover all costs related to you getting tested to see if you are her match.

You can remain anonymous and keep this private as long as you wish.

Donors and recipients work with separate transplant coordinators to ensure that donors and potential donors can have as much privacy as they wish. They will not tell Ijeoma that you are getting tested or that you are a match. That will be up to you when you are certain that you are ready and willing to help her. So, know that you can have as much privacy as you wish while you move through the approval and testing process. Nobody will pressure you. In fact, your transplant team will ask you over and over again if you are certain about moving forward.

Getting tested can be confidential and risk-free for you. This is the essential first step in seeing if you are a match.