Polycystic Kidney Disease is a chronic disease which passed down genetically through abnormal genes inside the family heritage. Over five hundred thousand people were affected by polycystic kidney disease in the United States, including many celebrities. Here we see some of those celebrities with PKD who all had this genetic problem.
Steven Cojocaru is a Canadian television interviewer, celebrity, and fashion critic. He was 58 years old by now, and he is one of the celebrities with PKD. He has had two kidney transplants; the first kidney he got from his friend was got failure. The second kidney transplant got from his mother has become successful to date.
Erma Bombeck is an American writer and humorist who have written over 15 bestselling books. She also suffered from polycystic kidney disease, and she’s died in her 69th age due to ADPKD. Even before her death, she never stopped writing columns for newspapers; she wrote over 4000 newspaper column before her death.
Neil Simon is an American author and screenwriter who has won several awards for his works. He had got kidney failure because of his genetic polycystic kidney disease. Due to kidney failure, he got dead at the age of 91.
George Lopez is an American celebrity and comedian who has earned many awards and titles. He was diagnosed with genetic chronic kidney disease; there is no specific information about what that disease is clearly. Maybe he had polycystic kidney disease because it was one of the common genetic kidney diseases.
Chris Kemoeatu was the younger brother of Ma’ake Kemoeatu; they both are football players. He was also inherited with genetic chronic kidney disease, which leads him to have a kidney transplant surgery. He got a kidney from his brother to deal with polycystic kidney disease.
Jennifer Harman was a 52 years old poker player who has won several poker bracelets. She was also one of the celebrities with PKD who inherited her family history and had two kidney transplants. Her mother also suffered from the same illness, and she was dead while Harman was 17 years old. She got her first kidney transplant from her mother and her second transplant from her sister.
Scott MacIntyre was a 35-year-old singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist who has a successful career. He also inherited the genetic disease from his family history, and he undergoes as a dialysis patient for six months. Later he was forced to become a kidney transplant recipient and receive a kidney from his wife to live further.
Phillip Phillips was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. Unfortunately, he was diagnosed with chronic kidney stones and undergo surgery.
Alonzo Mourning was a 50 years old American basketball player who has FSGS. Some studies say that FSGS can be an inherited disease. He becomes a kidney transplant recipient and undergoes surgery to cure it.
Ed Hearn was a 60 years old baseball player who undergone many diseases, including FSGS, which affects kidney function. He had three kidney transplant surgeries till now, and now he works as a motivational speaker.
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Selena Gomez, a popular pop-singer, got diagnosed with lupus nephritis, a disease that damages the organs and tissues. She got a kidney transplant from her friend to recover from it and leading a healthy life.
Do you know that the famous Oscar-winning director Steven Speilberg got his one kidney removed? Because of the chronic kidney disease, doctors diagnosed and removed his one kidney in 2000 for his sake.
Sarah Hyland suffers from kidney dysplasia since she was a child. She underwent two kidney transplants from her father in 2012 and from her brother in 2017. But still, her current health condition wasn’t fair; she was still fighting against the disease.
One of the important figures in American poetry history was Emily Dickinson, who also suffered from hypertension and nephritis. She was born in 1830 and dead in 1886. In her 55 year lifespan, she wrote nearly 1800 poems.
Halle Berry, an award-winning actress, fought against kidney diseases at the age of 19. But she never let her disease intervene in her career, and now she got overcame her health conditions.
Unfortunately, there is no way to cure or prevent polycystic kidney disease, but you can slow down progress and kidney failure. Also, a kidney transplant may help. The patient’s lifespan can be expanded for a long time if we found the PKD at the beginning stages. PKD doesn’t have a specific treatment for it. Most of the treatments used for chronic kidney disease are used for it.
There are five stages of ADPKD, and the last three stages will show severe physical symptoms.
This stage has no physical symptoms except other minor kidney diseases.
In stage two, the function of the kidney may decrease by 60%.
In stage three, the efficiency of the kidney drop by 30%.
The kidney only works on its 15% capability on this condition.
Stage 5 PKD indicates that your kidney is working under 15% of its capability, and it may end up in kidney failure.
The research for a cure for polycystic kidney disease and chronic kidney diseases is still going till now. Not today, but in the future, they will find a cure for them. Having a cure or not, we people need to live along with these diseases; celebrities are also isn’t an exception. Some of the celebrities make their way through this disease, and some didn’t have that fortune. Anyways, these are the top 10 celebrities with PKD.
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