Make-a-List Monday: Dialysis patients

This list is for MPs who were on dialysis when they disappeared. To those who might know what dialysis is exactly, basically a treatment for when the person’s kidneys have failed. They get be hooked up to a machine on a regular basis, I think once a week if not more, which does the kidney’s job for them.

You can work and basically live a pretty normal life while on dialysis, but the treatment is very expensive and it’s not as good as having a working kidney. If a dialysis patient is lucky, either their kidneys start working again or they can get a kidney transplant. You only need one functioning kidney to live, so living donors are an option. I actually looked into signing myself up to become a living donor, but after studying the requirements I concluded I probably would not meet the qualifications.

(They can also do liver dialysis, but that technique is quite new and I’m not sure how commonly it’s used.)

Anyway, if you need dialysis and you can’t get it, you’ll die within a few weeks or less. So it’s very unlikely that any of the MPs on this list are still alive. Fortunately there are only a few of them.

  1. Clarence Earl Jenkins
  2. Verna Marie Richardson
  3. Robert K. Vernier

2 thoughts on “Make-a-List Monday: Dialysis patients

  1. forthelost June 6, 2016 / 12:29 pm

    Hemodialysis is usually done three times a week. Peritoneal dialysis can be done on the same basis or done continuously.

    • Meaghan June 8, 2016 / 4:58 am

      Thanks. I didn’t even know there were two types.

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