|Butch Moran was a rescue volunteer and sheriff’s deputy|
Staff Photo by Stacey Hairston:
Butch and Pat Moran are seated in their Rocky Mount Home. Butch Moran is in need of a live kidney donor.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
William F. "Butch" Moran, 62, of Rocky Mount has endured two heart attacks and three strokes, and now, he is in need of a kidney.
Moran's doctors at the University of Virginia Medical Center have told him that he needs a live donor in order to live.
Although Moran was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992, he didn't start having major health issues until a couple of years ago, when he fell gravely ill.
"Butch was in and out of Roanoke Memorial Hospital for an entire year," said Moran's wife, Pat.
Moran was placed in the hospital weekly because of severe swelling and congestive heart failure.
"We were told the function of both kidneys was next to nothing. He almost died," she added.
Then, Moran started having trouble with his vision. Due to the effects of two heart attacks, three strokes and the kidney failure, Moran's balance is not well and he has been receiving dialysis three times a week.
"I don't have insurance," said Moran, "but I did finally get Medicare."
Doctors have informed the Morans that a kidney transplant could be performed, but the main problem now is that Moran's blood type is O positive.
"O positive blood is the most common," said his wife. "There is a five-year waiting list for the transplant because there are so many people on that list. If he had a less popular blood type, he would only have to wait a year or two."
The best plan, according to Moran's doctors, is for him to find a live donor, such as a family member or other match. The matching donor would have to be in perfect health in order to qualify for the kidney donation.
"We have gone through family members, but they are either not a match or not in perfect health," said his wife. "Butch has no children, and if he doesn't find a match soon, he will either run out of time or no longer be a candidate for the transplant because of his diminishing health."
The longer Moran is on dialysis, the more stress his kidneys endure, diminishing his chances for a transplant, his wife said.
"Our search has been very disappointing," she added. "He (Butch) just wants to live a normal life and do the things he used to be able to do before all of this."
Moran was a member of the Franklin County Rescue Squad for 25 years and worked for the Franklin County Sheriff's Office as a corrections officer for 13 years. He also worked for Wells Fargo in Roanoke for 12 years and drove school buses for Franklin County before starting his own charter bus company, Moran Tours.
Pat Moran has worked for Arrington Enterprises for 38 years and is currently employed at Plateau Plaza. The couple resides in Rocky Mount.
Anyone interested in being tested for a possible match for Moran should contact Anita Sites at UVA Medical Center at 434-924-8604.
"Once a matching kidney is found," said his wife, "we have only a few hours to leave for the operation. We remain packed and ready at all times. We are hoping and waiting for that call."