Conn. EMS chief in need of kidney transplant looking for donor
Adam Goldstein, who put out the call for a donor last year, said he's hopeful he will find a match
By EMS1 Staff
EASTON, Conn. — An EMS chief, who has spent his career helping others, is hoping someone can help him in his time of need.
CTPost.com reported that Easton EMS Assistant Chief Adam Goldstein, 39, is looking for a kidney donor after being on dialysis for 11 years.
"It's exhausting," Goldstein said. "After all that time, it really starts to take its toll."
Goldstein said his blood type is Type O, which makes him a universal donor. However, he can only receive an organ donation from another Type O donor. His case is complicated by a blood transfusion he received years ago, making it even more difficult to find a match.
Goldstein was diagnosed with testicular cancer and beat it when he was in his early 20s. But, when he beat the cancer diagnosis, his kidneys failed. He later received a kidney transplant, but it failed two years later.
"You learn to deal with it, but it is a very different life," he said. "Stuff people might find scary feels almost mundane to me. Going to the hospital feels normal for me."
Goldstein, who put out the call for a donor last year, said he's hopeful he will find a match.
"I love my wife and I want to spend as much time with her as I can," he said. "I want to see my kids grow … I want to run outside with them, take them to the zoo."