Langley resident Shelagh Brennan at home with husband Bryan Frazer and dogs on Nov. 14, 2020. She was preparing for a kidney transplant that ended up being cancelled because the donor, her brother, turned out to be incompatible. (special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley resident Shelagh Brennan at home with husband Bryan Frazer and dogs on Nov. 14, 2020. She was preparing for a kidney transplant that ended up being cancelled because the donor, her brother, turned out to be incompatible. (special to Langley Advance Times)

Setback for Langley kidney patient

Shelagh Brennan’s brother wanted to donate one of his kidneys, but it turns out he can’t

A Langley woman with kidney failure who thought she had found a donor has discovered differently, and now Shelagh Brennan is making a renewed appeal for help.

“I’m back to square one,” the Murrayville resident told the Langley Advance Tines.

After the province put elective surgeries on hold in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Brennan, a Murrayville resident, had something to celebrate in May, with news that operations would be resuming.

READ MORE: Langley woman hopes for donor after sudden kidney failure

A hold had been ordered to free up beds and staff for an expected surge in coronavirus patients in need of acute care, and Brennan’s surgery was considered elective because she can use dialysis.

Her kidneys abruptly failed for unknown reasons last fall.

She went from leading a healthy and active life, where she was able to go skydiving in the summer of 2019 to celebrate her 65th birthday, to requiring dialysis twice a week after her kidneys shut down by mid-December.

She went on social media to appeal for potential donors, but it looked like her best bet was going to be her younger brother, Kevin.

Initial tests found Kevin to be a good match, and she was told September was the “target month” for the surgery.

But then, in August, additional tests ruled him out.

“He was found to have some high blood pressure that did not show during regular testing,” Brennan explained.

“High blood pressure affects kidney function, so he is no longer able to donate.”

It is “disappointing” news that means her trips to Surrey Memorial Hospital for hemo-dialysis will continue, a “very stressful” trip for her during the pandemic.

“I isolate most of the time because of COVID,” Brennan recounted, “just going for walks with my husband and dogs.”

She is on a list to learn how to do dialysis at home, but that will take a “number of months before all the stars line up correctly,” she said.

Brennan is hoping to find a living donor willing to be tested.

“If all matches a surgeon, the donor and an OR need to be booked,” she commented.

“I of course, can come anytime.”

Several prominent Langley residents have had living donor transplants, including former Langley Township councillor Charlie Fox, who received a kidney from his wife.

READ MORE: Kidney Walk in Fort Langley a very personal issue for Charlie Fox

Brennan is also on the deceased transplant list, but the estimated wait is about four years.

Because people can live with just one kidney, it is one of the few organs for which living donor programs are common.

In 2018, there were 4,300 Canadians on waiting lists for an organ. Of those, 78 per cent were waiting for a kidney, according to the Kidney Foundation.

A seeks to help those in need of a kidney find a donor.

If someone is willing to be considered as a donor, they can contact the Kidney Foundation of Canada online to register through the living donor program or email and mention Shelagh Brennan specifically.

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Trent Miner is returning to the Vancouver Giants, the team announced. He has been released by the Colorado Eagles of the AHL.(Rik Fedyck/Vancouver Giants)
Trent Miner returns to play goal for Vancouver Giants

Netminder was part of epic 11-game winning-streak by Langley-based team

Vehicles lined up at the testing clinic at KPU’s Langley parking lot on Wednesday, Feb. 17. The site is also giving vaccinations to seniors 90 and over starting next week. (Langley Advance Times files)
KPU testing site will also host Langley mass vaccination clinic

Drive-through vaccinations will be available for those 90 and over next week

Langley native Tamara Lovelace has been named to the Team USA medical team for the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022 (Special to Langley Advance Times)
How a ‘very focused’ Brookswood Secondary grad ended up a Team USA doctor

Langley’s Tamara Lovelace was going to be a ballerina

SkyTrain running through Whalley. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
Mayors’ Council wants feds to fund Surrey-Langley SkyTrain in upcoming budget

Mayors’ Council on regional transportation sent letter to federal government Monday

(The Canadian Press)
‘Worse than Sept. 11, SARS and financial crisis combined’: Tourism industry in crisis

Travel services saw the biggest drop in active businesses with 31 per cent fewer firms operating

A special committee has been appointed to look at reforming B.C.’s police act and is inviting the public to make submissions until April 30, 2021. (Black Press media file)
Have thoughts on B.C.’s review of the provincial Police Act?

Submissions will be accepted until April 30

Cottonwoods Care Home in Kelowna. (Google Maps)
New COVID-19 outbreak at Kelowna care home includes fully vaccinated seniors: Henry

Two staff and 10 residents tested positive at Cottonwoods Care Centre

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Excerpts from a conversation between Bria Fisher and the fake truLOCAL job. Fisher had signed a job agreement and was prepared to start work for what she thought was truLOCAL before she learned it was a scam. (Contributed)
B.C. woman warning others after losing $3,000 in job scam

Bria Fisher was hired by what she thought was a Canadian company, only to be out thousands

Some of the hundreds of pounds of trash removed by divers last month from Abbotsford’s Walmsley Lake.(Henry Wang photo)
VIDEO: Divers remove 462 pounds of trash from Abbotsford lake

Walmsley Lake dive uncovers several tires, hundreds of drink containers and a tent

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix provide a regular update on the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, March 2, 2020. (B.C. government)
B.C.’s COVID-19 cases: 545 Saturday, 532 Sunday, 385 Monday

Focus on Prince Rupert, Lower Mainland large workplaces

Rising accident rates and payout costs have contributed to billion-dollar deficits at ICBC. (Comox Valley Record)
B.C. appealing decision keeping ICBC injury cases in court

David Eby vows to ‘clip wings’ of personal injury lawyers

Most Read