Vancouver resident Danny Fan is a computer programmer by day and kidney dialysis patient by night.
Fan was diagnosed with kidney failure a year ago and spends three nights per week at St. Paul’s Hospital receiving treatment while he sleeps.
With only 5% of his kidneys functioning the 25-year-old says he frequently thinks about his mortality.
“There are moments where maybe it hurts so bad and maybe you just want it stop and you just feel so crappy,” he says.
According to BC Transplant the average wait time for a kidney transplant is five to seven years and one in three patients die while waiting for the organ.
Fan continues to pursue his programming career full time despite the fatigue he experiences.
“Kidney failure is not really a visible disability or disease you can see so (my friends at work) they’re just super surprised that I’m even working at all.”
His friends have helped him create a YouTube video about his experience of kidney failure.
In going public with his story Fan hopes people will realize the importance of registering to become an organ donor.
Although 90 per cent of those surveyed say they’re in favour of being an organ donor, BC Transplant says only 20% of B.C. residents are registered to give.