My name is Anthony (Tony) Matarazzo. I was born in Paterson, NJ and grew up in Hawthorne. I was diagnosed with hypertension at age 40, and at nearly the same time began to have problems with gout and kidney stones. I had many gout and kidney stone attacks in my 40’s until the doctors got me stabilized with the right mediations. With other chronic kidney disease patients, the combination of hypertension and kidney stones is deadly for the kidneys.
In 2014, I had aortic valve replacement surgery from which I have recovered fully, and knee replacement surgeries in 2018 and 2020. The anesthesia and trauma of these surgeries put further strain on my already weakened kidneys. My kidney function has deteriorated steadily and my nephrologist has advised that I should be looking for a donor ASAP to avoid dialysis because of my heart valve replacement history. Apparently, there is a very good chance that dialysis will cause calcium buildup on the valve causing complications and requiring more heart surgery.
I have blood type B, but that doesn’t matter because St. Barnabas in Livingston, NJ and New York Presbyterian/Columbia does accept the Paired Exchange Program. Please complete the below link (or both links) to register and indicate on the form donor for Anthony Matarazzo. Thank you very much for reading my story. I’m praying a selfless donor will save my life.
St. Barnabas, Livingston, NJ
New York Presbyterian/Columbia