Jeff Lorber will get a kidney transplant later this month.
Keyboardist and producer Jeff Lorber, who suffers from a kidney disease, will enter a hospital this month to undergo a kidney transplant. Luckily for Jeff, he didn’t have to go far to find a match – his wife, Mink, turned out to be a perfect match. “I’m very fortunate that my wife was found to be a match,” says Jeff, who turns 52 on Nov. 4. “I’m feeling very positive about the operation.”
The disease Lorber has, Polycystic Kidney Disease, is genetic and runs in his family. It is one of the most common genetic and life-threatening diseases, affecting more than 600,000 Americans and an estimated 12.5 million people worldwide – regardless of sex, age, race or ethnic origin. With the disease, cysts grow and multiply over time, causing the kidney to shut down. Dialysis and kidney transplants are the only forms of treatment.Posted by Brian Soergel at November 1, 2004 7:39 PM