Dr. J. Keith Melancon, Director Kidney and Pancreas, Pediatric Kidney Transplantations, Dr. Mona Redzai, resident, Georgetown University Hospital and Nyjer Morgan, Centerfield, Washington Nationals visits Georgetown University Hospital Six BLES Kidney Transplant Unit patients . Photo by Maurice G. Fitzgerald
Richard Hoffman was diagnosed with diabetes at age seven. Last November, at age 28, he underwent a kidney and pancreas transplant. One year later, Hoffman called his transplant â€œa life changing event.â€
â€œI can eat whatever I want now. I can exercise can exercise a lot more, and I donâ€™t have to worry about testing my blood sugar all the time,â€ said Hoffman, who is from Frederick, Md., and had been on dialysis since July of 2006.
â€œItâ€™s [the transplant] going pretty well. The first couple of months were kind of hard, getting used to everything, but if you do what the doctors tell you and take care of yourself, you can be good to go,â€ Hoffman said.
Hoffman had his transplant at the Georgetown University Transplant Center; a center which serves the entire mid-Atlantic region.
During a brief hospital stay, Hoffman was visited by Washington Nationals outfielder Nyjer Morgan, who has recently joined the fight against kidney disease.
â€œMy three year old cousin had a Whelms tumor [cancer of the kidney]. This is my opportunity to get involved in finding out about this disease and give something back,â€ Morgan said.