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Your Health: August 29, 2013 Untreated high blood pressure

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One in three Americans has high blood pressure, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
       A Tarrant woman's life-altering experience with high blood pressure is powerful proof, it must never go untreated.
     Fifty-five year old, Kathleen Clark Ojukwu felt really sick  and was rushed  to the hospital in May.
    Doctors diagnosed her with two failed kidneys which is linked to untreated hypertension.
     Now uninsured, single mother she must have a dialysis treatment to clean her blood for four hours, three times a week.
      Ojukwu has to have dialysis for the rest of her life or until she has a kidney transplant.
      Ojukwu says, "If anyone, if you know a kidney organization to donate to, do your donation so I can get my dialysis. I don't want to die. I probably can't live to be 107 as my grandmother, but I'd like to be pretty close."
       Organizations, like the Kidney Foundation offer support to patients battling kidney disease and undergoing dialysis.
       Ojukwu admits it comes after years of extreme stress, untreated hypertension and paying bills instead of buying her medication.

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