Piscataquis County man pressured to journey 400 miles every week for lifesaving therapy

Three days every week, Ed Parda travels three hours roundtrip from his dwelling in Piscataquis County to a dialysis clinic in Skowhegan for therapy that he wants to remain alive.

Parda, 82, has end-stage kidney illness, that means his kidneys are broken and don’t filter waste and additional fluid from his blood in addition to they need to. Therapy choices for such sufferers are lifelong dialysis or a transplant.

Throughout every go to to Dialysis Clinic, Inc., Parda spends about 4 hours hooked as much as a machine that removes blood from his physique, filters it and returns the cleaned blood to his physique. After DaVita clinics in Bangor, Brewer, Ellsworth and Lincoln turned him away as a result of they have been full, Parda landed a spot in Skowhegan, he mentioned.