A Navarre woman’s health continues to decline as she waits for a kidney transplant.

NAVARRE — A local family is attempting to stay positive in the face of a medical condition that threatens its matriarch.


For Tyler Sacca, his mom has been “in and out of hospitals ... for as long as (he) can remember.”


With hope dwindling and more than five years left of Michele Sacca’s expected wait for a cadaver transplant, Tyler decided to reach out to the public.


“My mother is in dire need of help,” he wrote in a post on the Concerned Citizens of Navarre Facebook page. “She is looking for a kidney donor who has A negative blood type. ... I am A positive, so if you are in a similar situation, I will gladly donate my kidney for a swap.”


Tyler added that she’s been on dialysis for two years and has three failed access sites. While the average wait time for a transplant is five years, doctors expect Michele’s will be longer because of high antibody levels.


“Unfortunately, I’ve had multiple blood transfusions ... which (has) increases the antibodies in my blood,” she said.


“Her health is declining pretty rapidly. We’re just trying to think of anything that we can really do to get the ball moving,” Tyler added.


Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time Michele has battled this issue.


In 1998, she received a separate kidney transplant from her sister. It later failed following an unrelated medical condition.


“(The transplant) went smooth (and) everything was fine, up until recently,” Tyler said. “She had to have a biopsy done on her foot (in 2017), which got an infection, and the antibiotics that the doctors were giving her actually killed the kidney.”


Her leg was later amputated as a result.


Currently, Michele does dialysis four days a week — all of which she returns home from sick, Tyler said.


She added that the only way to speed up the transplant process would be to get a kidney from a living donor.


“That’s really my best option right now,” she said, adding that they would have to either have A negative or O negative blood types.


Looking ahead, the family is just taking things day by day.


“We’re just trying to stay positive ... right now,” Tyler said, adding that the post hadn’t sparked any potential donors. “It was really nice to see the support from the community from that post.”