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Stilwell pastor's wife, mother to 7 adopted children searches for kidney match

Posted at 6:54 PM, Apr 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-11 20:49:48-04

STILWELL, Okla. — Andrea Poplin learned about her kidney failure during a routine check-up for diabetes in 2015.

It quickly became stage five, and she's relying on home dialysis. Poplin said it's time with her kids she misses the most.

"Just like activities, field trips, camping trips even. Just a lot of things," she said.

Poplin and her husband David acted as foster parents for 16 years, and adopted seven along the way. David said his wife never faltered in care for her children, or dedication to the church.

"As a pastor that's something that you're not supposed to do too much is be afraid but as a human you do have a little fear especially whenever you're told your spouse has a life threatening illness," The Rock Springs Baptist pastor said.

The Poplin family said it's their faith and community support that's helping them to push forward, but it hasn't always been an easy path.

"She had a possible match two years ago and the lady had kidney stones and didn't even know it. She was a perfect match other than that. But since they had stones they wouldn't do it," David Poplin said.

Andrea's been on the list to find a donor for the last three years, and the need is only growing as home dialysis is starting to fail.

"I've had my sister of course try. She got denied and I've had friends that have tried. It's kind of scary," she said.

It was the church community that reached out to 2 Works For You: a group that's eager for Andrea's search to end.

"I don't believe in coincidences I believe in divine intervention. I know there was a reason god led us here and a purpose he has for us here. I also know that nobody has cared in this way to take steps and care for Andrea the way they have here," David Poplin said.

Andrea is looking for a donor with an O blood type. For more information on how you can help, call the St. John's transplant center at 918-749-2925.
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