East Texan receives third chance at life

By Sara Story - bio | email

CHANDLER, TX (KLTV) - An East Texas man has been given a third chance at life. Bryan Rumbo, 66, was born with a genetic kidney disorder called Polycystic Kidney Disease. His kidneys failed nearly ten years ago, and since then, he has received two separate kidney transplants.

Rumbo is a former veterinarian and says he lived a fast-pace lifestyle. "I was doing large and small animals, and you better not be in front of the door cause I'm [was] in a dead run all the time. That's just me. Never got tired," said Rumbo.

Rumbo says his life came to a halt as he approached his 50th birthday. He was constantly tired, and doctors diagnosed him with Polycystic Kidney Disease, a genetic disorder that affects hundreds of thousands of Americans. Rumbo described the disease as, "kidneys that have little cysts all over them." His mother died from the disease, and his sister and three nieces are currently living with PKD.

"I just kept getting weaker and weaker and weaker," said Rumbo.  In 2000, Bryan received his first kidney transplant.

"Since I got it, it just gradually deteriorated," said Rumbo. His kidney deteriorated to the point that doctors put him on the organ transplant list for a second time.

"My age right now normally doesn't get a second kidney...there are so many people out there that are younger, that need it more than an old dude like me," said Rumbo.

In May, Rumbo's request for a second transplant was granted. He said, "The doctors have told me I have hit the lottery twice. Not once, but twice." Considering himself a lucky man, Rumbo embraces his life, once again.

Rumbo said there is treatment available for people with PKD, but there no cure.

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