Armonty Bryant needs a kidney transplant

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When Armonty Bryant was released by the Raiders last May, the team attached a non-football illness designation to the designation and Bryant has been fighting that illness ever since.

Raiders doctors told Bryant to get his kidneys checked out after an April physical and Bryant was diagnosed with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis a short time later. The condition has resulted in end stage renal failure and Bryant is currently on dialysis while he waits for a transplant.

“They say the kidney is a silent killer,” Bryant said, via Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com. “It’s true because I can tell you right now, I had nothing wrong with me. I had a little back issues, but that’s about it. I never thought that this could end my career, basically.”

Bryant played 36 games for the Browns and Lions from 2013 to 2016. He served three suspensions for violating the league’s substance abuse policy before being released by the Lions in 2017.

Bryant’s wife Kim, who is due to give birth to a child, said the situation is “completely depressing” her husband as he can’t transition to a post-football life while waiting to find a donor. Bryant thought he had found one that matched his type-O blood, but further tests showed it wasn’t as good a match as hoped.

One hope is that Bryant is a donor match program where Bryant would “get a match from someone else and his donor gives a kidney to someone with whom he or she is a match.”

“I need a kidney,” Bryant said. “And I want people to know you don’t have to be a match for me to donate a kidney. Why not save someone else’s life and mine at the same time?”

We hope Bryant finds the help he needs and has many years to share with his growing family.

23 responses to “Armonty Bryant needs a kidney transplant

  1. I got two. Someone needs one. I don’t know where to get tested but whether it is him or someone else facing a similar situation, I would give on up in a heartbeat. Not even a thought.

  2. I am O negative 45yrs old and seeing how young he is I would be willing to donate…just don’t know how to

  3. For those considering a living kidney donation go to kidneyfund dot org and it gives you a ton of information.. I attempted to donate a while ago and was not able to but I still wish I could have

  4. Why is everyone who suggests they want to donate a kidney or posts resources on how to find out how to donate is getting so many thumbs down?

  5. lionsoneday says:
    February 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    Why is everyone who suggests they want to donate a kidney or posts resources on how to find out how to donate is getting so many thumbs down?
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    They probably have some personal grudge against the guy because he has a substance abuse problem or they don’t like whatever team he used to play for. You know, all good reasons to dislike someone when their life is at stake. Unreal. (Sarcasm)

  6. Bryant should not have taken PEDs, he knew better, he was warned against taking them, yet he ignored the risks and took them anyway.
    Sorry he has to deal with this, but HE made the choice that may be the factor in causing his renal failure.
    Luckily he did them on his personal time so the NFL nor the Raiders, Lions, or Browns are liable for his condition.
    Let this be a lesson to everyone to not take PEDs.
    Yes, I know that his race put him at higher risk, but that’s even more of a reason to not take PEDs.

  7. lionsoneday says:
    February 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm
    Why is everyone who suggests they want to donate a kidney or posts resources on how to find out how to donate is getting so many thumbs down?

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    There can be a correlation with kidney failure and drug abuse. Maybe people feel it’s self-inflicted? It’s possible that his kidneys were at the ragged edge, and through drug mis-use damaged them himself to the state he is in now.

    I knew a guy who was an alcoholic, got a heart transplant and was still an alcoholic. Which is what he died from. The heart transplant was wasted on him.

    For what it is worth, my drivers license is coded with me as an organ donor.

  8. I get where some commenters are coming from, but at what point do we draw the line? Many people do things that cause them major problems because they figure it will never happen to them. If someone gets cancer from cigarettes, or liver failure from alcohol, are we supposed to feel no compassion for that person because they didn’t get the disease the “right” way? I can have compassion for the guy, even though he MAY have contributed to his problem.

  9. My son had a heart transplant in 2004, so I sincerely hope Mr. Bryant gets a transplant.I also hope the players will find it in their hearts to help him out financially, and I am positive they will.

  10. @gaoneal02, blood type and tissue type are little different. Still needs to match, of course, but it’s more complex than with the comparatively few blood types.

    Best of luck to him regardless how he acquired or aggravated his illness.

  11. Thanks to all of those who have offered to donate their kidney. I was the lucky recipient from a living donor in July of 2018. You do not have to be a match to donate. You can visit
    /www.kidney.org/transplantation/livingdonors/where-do-start-anonymous. To see a list of all transplant centers that are available in the US. If you want to donate directly to Armonty you will need to contact his transplant center to start the evaluation process. If you want to donate anonymously you can visit the center closest to you. I would be happy to help anyone who is interested.

  12. “I need a kidney,” Bryant said. “And I want people to know you don’t have to be a match for me to donate a kidney. Why not save someone else’s life and mine at the same time?”

    This is a really important message from Bryant. Everyone should register to be an organ donor. You can save someone else’s life. My 5 year old nephew received a new heart. While we were very grateful for my nephew’s new opportunity at life, we were devastated for the family of the person who died. His organs saved three other lives.

  13. Anyone willing to help please take action. Followup with your primary physician or the web site recommended early in the string. You will literally be savings a person life. I had the same disease as Bryant FSGS and I did nothing to cause it and there was no way to prevent the disease. Somethings are just luck or chance. Type O is hard to match and there is usually a 6 to 8 year wait for a deceased kidney. Yes there is dialysis but it is very rough on your body. Donors do NOT have any out of pocket medical expense. You can be Bryant’s living donor sponsor if you are not Type O. You will be placed in a group that swap donors for the benefit of all and your gift of life is multipled many times over. It sounds strange but it’s true, organ donors receive more than they give. Only healtopeople can be donors and they live a full and complete life after donation. Organ donors save lives.

    PFT: please followup with Bryant and post contact info for his medical center. Ask for the living donor coordinator.

  14. Many great comments. As mentioned above, FSGS is not related to drug use. I was not diagnosed with it until after my transplant so became very complex. For those of you that would become a live donor, once you contact a transplant center you will be assigned a designated donor coordinator. They will explain everything to you, help with resources, and coordinate medical tests. Your coordinator will always be looking out for your best interest. Over 100k are awaiting transplants.

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