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Virginia single father searching for living kidney donor

Posted at 7:24 PM, May 05, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-05 19:24:48-04

PALMYRA, Va. -- Ten hours. That's how long Ronnell Lewis is hooked up to a Dialysis machine every day. The single father of two suffers from Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis or FSGS, a progressive form of kidney disease.

The 29-year-old Virginia Union University graduate is among 2,400 people in the Commonwealth on the waiting list for a new Kidney, according to a report by WCAV.

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Ronnell Lewis, 29, with his two children.

"I wouldn't wish (this on) my worst enemy it pretty much restricts your life completely," Lewis told WCAV reporter Cherney Amhara. "When I first started Dialysis, Hemodialysis is pretty rough as well and it takes your blood out, cleans it and it puts the blood back into you."

"I can't parent the way I want to because I'm kind of stuck to a machine a lot of the times and you want to do things for your kids and you really can't at the moment and I guess it puts added extra stress to the situation," Lewis said.

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Lewis spends 10 hours a day hooked up to this Dialysis machine.

His family has turned to social media to try and find a living kidney donor.  While the family has received numerous calls from people willing to help no one has been the match he needs. Lewis matches with blood types B or O.

Lewis' mother hopes by September 25, Lewis' birthday, her son will have a new kidney.

In the meantime the family has set up a HelpHOPELive page to raise money for Lewis' medical expenses.