Family finds unique way to spread word about need for kidney

Ann Yen Doll is in need of a new kidney (WFSB)

Connecticut resident Ann Yen Doll is in the toughest fight of her life, and her family has turned to an unusual way to try to find her a kidney donor.

She’s just 5 feet tall and weighs only 89 pounds, but she goes through the painful process of dialysis three times per week, and a 20-year battle with diabetes is to blame.

She’s been on the waiting list at Yale-New Haven Hospital for a new kidney since 2015, and family and friends have been tested, as they try to find a match.

"It's like a race, you think she is almost there and get to the finish line and then all of a sudden you’re stopped because the race is over,” said Yen Doll’s daughter Belinda Salavestrini.

After trying to go the traditional route to find a donor, a friend came up with the idea to put a message on the back window of a car, so that’s what the family did.

So now, everywhere they go, people can see their desperate fight to save Yen’s life.

The family is hoping the right person passes by and is driven to be tested.

A local doctor said a person can survive on just one kidney, and the remaining kidney can do the work of two.

The recovery period for the donor is about four weeks.

Yen Doll's family said she has type O blood.

Anyone looking to donate a kidney can call the family at 203-815-4625.

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