Tony Needs A Donor
Tony has a beautiful family and wants to enjoy them for many more years to come. Thank you.
Our Good Friend
My name is Donna Tissot and I am Tony’s advocate.
I will be posting daily messages on his kidney page.
Why do you ask...here is the answer. In 2014, Tony had aortic valve replacement surgery from which he has recovered fully, however, Tony’s nephrologist has advised him to start looking for a donor ASAP to avoid dialysis because of his 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.
TONY CANNOT AFFORD ANYMORE COMPLICATIONS WITH HIS HEART.
Please share this message to your family and friends and ask them to share to their family and friends. Many of you know me and I’m reaching out for your support. Tony has a beautiful family and wants to enjoy them for many more years to come. Thank you.
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 my late 50’s kidney function started to diminish and has never stopped.
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 recently I have slipped to 14% function and will need dialysis soon if the decline continues. I’m starting to have headaches, fatigue, and loss of appetite on a regular basis, and am now aware of the changes happening to my body.
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.