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Ottingers seek to start kidney disease awareness group

Published: 10:06 PM, 08/10/2012

Author: Duay O'Neil
Source: The Newport Plain Talk

PARROTTSVILLE-David Ottinger, well-known Parrottsville farmer and community leader, has a new facet in his life. Like thousands of Americans, he is currently on a waiting list for a kidney transplant.

Diagnosed about four years ago with Chronic Kidney Disease in Stage III, Ottinger undergoes dialysis three times a week at Newport's Frensenius Medical Care. "Like everything else, this has been a learning experience," said Ottinger on Friday morning.

At the time of his diagnosis, Ottinger had about 60 percent kidney function. However, following a heart attack a year ago, he now has none.

"I already had a port installed in preparation for dialysis," said Ottinger, "when I had a heart attack."

Ottinger's heart attack occurred on a Sunday morning. "I got up and got ready for church," recalled Ottinger, "and I had some pain. I drank a glass of ice water, and it didn't help, then I drank a glass of milk. It didn't help either, but I didn't say anything to Shirley."

By the time the Ottingers got to the "crossroads" on their way to St. James Lutheran Church, Ottinger's pain had increased. "I told Shirley we better head to Greeneville."

Upon their arrival at Laughlin Hospital, the Ottingers were met by a fellow who carried Ottinger inside, telling Shirley, "David will be alright. 

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