Woman remains hopeful after kidney transplant halted

Woman remains hopeful after kidney transplant halted
Chakeeta Jones
Chakeeta Jones

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - An Albany woman remains hopeful after long-awaited plans to receive a kidney transplant were halted.

Last year, we told you about Chakeeta Jones, who has been on dialysis for 20 years.

Last week, she traveled to Atlanta for a kidney transplant, but was later told it was too small.

Chakeeta is truly an inspiration to friends and family.

She said she still has faith that she'll receive a kidney and this small bump in the road only makes her stronger.

"I can't complain. Life is good. I'm happy," said Jones. "Being on dialysis doesn't mean that you can't enjoy life."

And Jones hasn't let her health concerns get in the way of living her life to the fullest.

She was just 25 years old when her kidneys failed.

Last week, she got the call that there was a kidney for her in Atlanta.

"Oh, I was excited.  Just overjoyed," said Jones.

But when she got there, everything changed.

"One of the coordinators called me and said that it wasn't a match," she said.  "And because of that, I didn't need to admit myself.  So, I had to turn around."

But she said these trying moments strengthen her.

On her fingers, she wears rings with the words 'fearless' and 'grateful.'

"Because I'm grateful.  A lot of people of people got on dialysis and didn't make it. And here it is, I'm 20 years strong and loving life," she said.

Now she's searching for a live donor, all while knowing that God has a plan.

"Even though it wasn't a match, you know, sometimes we need things to happen to give us hope," said Jones.  "And I do have hope that my time is coming."

Chakeeta said a possible donor reached out to her via Facebook.

Chakeeta is now waiting to see if it's a match.

If you would like to see if you could be a donor, you can contact Leann Whitehead at 404-605-4605.

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