• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Life-changing information in the lobby

May 27, 2018

After enduring kidney dialysis for years, a conversation Martin Ruiz Zermeño had at his dialysis center with Mayo Clinic social worker Jeffrey Welch paved the way to a successful kidney transplant.

Martin Ruiz Zermeño's home was melancholy. "When you don't feel well, there's sadness at home," he says. Stealing joy from Martin's life was kidney disease that required him to receive dialysis three times a week at a dialysis center in Glendale, Arizona.

The father of seven, a truck driver from Phoenix, says he is proud of the breadwinner status he holds for his family. When he was ill, he felt like he was letting them down. "I would come home exhausted from dialysis, and I would just go to bed," he says. Martin also worried that he wouldn't be around for his family much longer. "At times, I thought I was going to the other side," he says. "I thought I was dying."

That changed profoundly for Martin and his family, when in June 2017, he met Jeffrey Welch, a social worker in Care Management at Mayo Clinic's Arizona campus. The meeting put Martin on the path to a successful kidney transplant, freeing him to live a healthier life untethered by dialysis.

"This was my best outcome, coming to this hospital," Martin says. Read the rest of the story.
This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.