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September 25th, 2015

They can never feel it’s truly gone

By uclahealth

They can never feel it's truly gone

“Pete had a stem cell transplant because he had non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, and the [subsequent] prescription drug interaction is the reason he experienced kidney failure,” says Kathleen Koch-Weser, wife of Pete Koch-Weser, who started peritoneal dialysis in June of 2013. Pete adds, “I’m on PD for nine-and-a- half hours each night, every night. And I will be for the rest of my life.” Kathleen explains, “Pete isn’t eligible for a kidney transplant because of having had lymphoma. So even though there’s been no recurrence since 2000, the doctors can never feel it’s truly gone.” Pete hopes to remain healthy, and he feels fortunate to have found Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and nephrologist Dr. Anjay Rastogi. Kathleen agrees, “The level of caring and compassion is extraordinary. There is just a high level of expertise and knowledge. We feel so fortunate to have come here.”

Tags: Dr. Anjay Rastogi, Kidney Disease, kidney failure, kidney transplant, nephrologist, Nephrology, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, peritoneal dialysis, prescription drug interaction, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, stem-cell transplant, Surgery, Transplant

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