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Dr. Dave Avery needs kidney transplant

Dr. Dave Avery knows the importance of good health and organ donation.

Before going on a medical disability last April, Avery had been a family medicine physician in the Mid-Ohio Valley since 1982.

Avery, 64, now needs a kidney transplant to improve his own health.

He is doing kidney dialysis three or four hours a day every day at his home in Vienna, while on the transplant waiting list at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center in Columbus.

Avery also had heart bypass surgery last June at OSU.

While he waits for a kidney match and transplant, Avery is working as medical director at Amedisys Hospice in Vienna, which is a less physically demanding job, he said. He said Hospice does “amazing work.”

After getting a kidney transplant, Avery said he would like to return to a family medicine practice working three days a week.

Avery thought he might have a kidney match with his wife, Elaine, or his brother Don, who lives in Florida.

But just before Elaine was to be tested as a possible kidney donor, she found out she had kidney cancer. Then, Don found out he had a kidney-related cancer while going through the donor-testing process.

Both had to have their kidneys removed.

After having routine blood work a couple of years ago, Dave Avery learned his kidney function was getting worse. He began kidney dialysis over a year ago.

“Dialysis is keeping me alive until I get a kidney,” Avery told me this week.

He has been told it could take three to five years to receive a kidney from a deceased donor. There are thousands of people waiting for a kidney donation, Avery said.

Avery is hoping to find a living donor. He has O positive blood type but could also be a match for a person with O negative blood.

Avery said a few friends have offered to donate a kidney to him and are being tested for a blood match.

“There is a huge need for organ donors,” he said.

Although a person can remain on dialysis for many years, it is not a cure for kidney disease, according to OSU Wexner Medical Center’s website. Kidneys transplanted from living donors may last nearly twice as long as kidneys from deceased donors, OSU said.

For more information on organ transplants at OSU call 1-800-293-8965 or go to the medical center’s website at wexnermedical.osu.edu/transplant.

Dr. Avery opened his first office in Vienna 36 years ago and was practicing in Belpre at the time he went on medical disability.

A kidney transplant would allow him to resume helping patients in the Mid-Ohio Valley.

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Gov. Jim Justice will be the keynote speaker at the Marshall University Alumni of the Mid-Ohio Valley Thundering Bison Club’s Scholarship Fundraiser Dinner on April 12 at Grand Pointe Conference Center in Vienna. The social hour/silent auction begins at 5:30 p.m. and dinner is served at 6:30 p.m.

Justice is a Marshall alumnus and was captain of the Thundering Herd golf team for two years.

Doug Legursky, former Marshall University all-conference football player and Pittsburgh Steelers lineman, will be the special guest and sign autographs at the dinner, said Laurie Martin of Vienna, alumni chapter president.

This year’s honoree will be Dale Lowther of Parkersburg, a member of Marshall University’s Board of Governors from 2009-2017.

Since 2009, this event has raised $63,500 in scholarships assisting 62 students from the Mid-Ohio Valley and $68,900 toward other Marshall campaigns.

To purchase tickets or sponsor a corporate table at the dinner contact Martin at 304-488-3297.

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Roger Mackey, Parkersburg’s clock repairman and clock collector, is reminding everyone to spring forward their clocks an hour tonight as daylight-saving time begins Sunday. Mackey has over 500 clocks in his shop, although he said he does not operate all of them. He said he will spring forward at least 50 of his clocks on Saturday night.

Contact Paul LaPann at plapann@newsandsentinel.com

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