SAN ANTONIO – The Parker triplets of New Braunfels share many things, but healthy kidneys are not one of them.
Matthew was born in 2008 with end-stage renal disease, and although he received a kidney when he was 2 years old, his body has since rejected it.
Matthew, now, has been on the waiting list since 2013 for a new one.
He says he wants "transformer cars" for Christmas, but he and his parents are also hoping their plea at University Hospital will result in the ultimate Christmas gift.
Troy Parker and his wife, Lisa, currently travel to University Hospital three to four times a week for four-hour dialysis sessions.
"It's been really hard since Matthew misses school and he misses his brothers," said Lisa Parker of the last six years.
Since the boy's body rejected the first transplant, he must now find a perfect match for the next potential kidney donation to work.
"We really want to get the word out. This is important," said Parker. "A lot of people don't know there is an opportunity to help other people."
For those interested in signing up to become a "living kidney" donor for Matthew, you can visit their website.
More information is also available here.
Also, if you would like to share a message of support and encouragement for Matthew and his family click here.
According to the National Kidney Foundation
There are approximately 400 children aged 1-10 who are currently waiting for a kidney transplant in the United States.
In Texas, there are approximately 9,650 people registered on the waiting list for a kidney (all ages).