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aren John is hoping for
a miracle. John said be-
cause of her Christian
faith she believes in a
and now she is hoping that she
will be able to experience one
John, a 34-year-old mother of four,
is in urgent need of a kidney.
And while getting a kidney donor
in itself is a hard task, what makes
it even more difficult for John is the
fact that she has a rare blood type.
Her blood type is O+.
This means that she can only re-
ceive blood from people who either
have O+ or O- blood. Her kidney do-
nor must therefore only have one of
those two blood types.
Still, she is not daunted.
“Of course, I am hoping for a mir-
acle. We are Pentecostal, so it is a big
part of our beliefs and how we handle
things. So we are really hoping for a
miracle at this point,” John said.
How it began
When John was pregnant with her
fourth child, Kaelyn, eight years ago,
she was diagnosed with kidney dis-
“When I was pregnant with Kaelyn
they started to see irregularities in
my blood. I did not have any physical
symptoms to say that I had any kind
of problems internally, it was only
when I went to get a check-up be-
cause of the pregnancy they realised
that there was blood and protein in
my urine and that led them to do a
Renal Function test, and that is when
they started to see the off results,”
John said for eight years she did not
experience any problems physically
related to her kidney problems.
That, however, changed a couple
“For the past eight years, I knew
that with the results, according to
the doctors, things would get worse.
They said I would start to feel tired
and sick and I would have all these
other host of symptoms, but it did
not happen that way,” she said.
“I was tired but I was not feeling
sick or anything. I just thought it was
due to my daily activities.”
Then John realised her stomach
began to swell.
“My stomach started to swell. It
got a little bigger, so I went to get that
checked out at the St Joseph Health
Centre and it is there they did some
blood tests and determined that
my blood count was deadly low and
my renal function was way off the
charts,” she said.
“That led me to see my renal doc-
tor and that is when everything was
put into motion . They sent me to the
emergency ward at the Eric Williams
Medical Sciences Complex.”
John was immediately warded and
diagnosed with renal failure.
She spent a week at the hospital
and was put on dialysis.
“They told me I am on dialysis for
life unless I get a donor,” John said.
John’s husband, Kerry, would love
to donate to his wife but his blood is
Kerry’s blood type is B+.
“The only way he can donate is if
someone has an O+ or O- and needs
a B+, then a switch can be made,”
John had to withdraw from her
studies at the University of the
Southern Caribbean because of her
John had a catheter inserted in
In the midst of her sickness, John
said her family has stepped up to the
Apart from Kaelyn, John is also
the mother of three sons; Kyle, 16,
Kendall, 14, and Kriston, nine.
“It is an adjustment. I am not bed-
ridden and I am physically okay and
because I have four children I try to
be involved in everything to the best
of my ability.
“The boys...I have to say are tough
enough and they seem to be handling
the changes quite well at this point. It
has been a bit challenging for Kaelyn,
however,” she said.
John’s extended family has also
been “exceptionally supportive.”
“My family has been very support-
ive in every way, whether it is to keep
an eye on the children or make a meal.
In every way possible they have been
available,” she said.
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Trusting God for a miracle
Karen John is hoping to
find a kidney donor.
Karen John, 34, with her husband Kerry and children Kyle, Kendall, Kriston and Kaelyn. PHOTOS: JOEL JULIEN
Mom of four in urgent need of kidney...
HOW TO HELP
The family has created a fly-
er asking for donors to come
A barbecue fundraiser has
also been planned for Decem-
ber 9, with all proceeds going
toward John’s surgery.
The barbecue is expected
to take place at the Arima Old
Road in Arouca.
Anyone interested in buy-
ing tickets can call 470-1056.
A Gofundme account has
also been set up by the family.
Anyone willing to become
a national kidney donor can
While getting a kidney donor
in itself is a hard task, what
makes it even more difficult
for John is the fact that she
has a rare blood type, O+.
This means that she can only
receive blood from people who
either have O+ or O- blood. Her
kidney donor must therefore
only have one of those two
Of course, I am hoping for a miracle.
We are Pentecostal, so it is a big part of
our beliefs and how we handle things.
So we are really hoping for a
miracle at this point —Karen John
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