Everett resident José Miguel Arellano Valdés, 38, needs a kidney due to stage 4 kidney failure from the onset of an autoimmune disease and COVID-19.
Arellano Valdés and his wife, Erika, have lived in Everett for more than two decades and share a four-year-old son named Miguel Ángel. Before becoming ill, José worked as a full-time welder to support his family. He is currently undergoing peritoneal dialysis for several hours daily and is on the kidney transplant list at Massachusetts General Hospital. He needs a donor with O negative blood, but if a person who is eligible to donate is not a match, there is a kidney swap program through Massachusetts General Hospital which would aid him in getting the kidney he needs.
The Kidney Transplant Evaluation Program is at Massachusetts General Hospital’s location in Chelsea at 100 Everett Ave.