Four years ago, Jose Reyes found out he had stage four kidney disease. He was put on transplant lists in Washington, D.C. and in Maryland, but as he started dialysis, his health was deteriorating. For nearly nine months, he waited.
“I know people who have been going to dialysis for a long time, for years. There’s always a hope, but it’s not a realistic hope,” Mr. Reyes said. “You are always hoping for a phone call, but it doesn’t happen that often I imagine.”