Man Loses 175 Pounds So He Could Be Allowed To Donate His Kidney To Ailing Sister

Man Loses 175 Pounds So He Could Be Allowed To Donate His Kidney To Ailing Sister

Jonathan Coronado from Dallas, Texas was 365 pounds when his sister was diagnosed with a rare blood disease.

A man had to lose more than half his weight so so he could donate his kidney to his ailing sister. Jonathan Coronado from Dallas, Texas, was 365 pounds at the time his sister, Denise,13, was diagnosed with Henoch-Schonlein purpura. It is a blood disorder that causes the small blood vessels in a person's skin, joints, intestines, and kidneys to become inflamed and bleed, and can lead to abdominal pain and aching joints. In certain cases, it can lead to kidney damage and Denise was one such case. She needed a transplant. While Coronado was a donor match, he was not allowed to become an organ donor because of his weight. He said helping his sister motivated him to shed the pounds.



Prior to his sister's illness, Coronado said he experienced a lot of shame about his body.  "I would never look at myself in the mirror. We took a picture at my wedding and my wife posted it on Facebook and I got upset because she posted it … I didn’t know I was that big,” the car mechanic told TODAY.  As Denise's health failed, he had to actively lose weight in order to be eligible to help her. He started by just watching what he ate and cut out junk like cookies, soda, and bread. He also incorporated exercise and some form of physical activity into his daily routine, like a simple walk in the park. “I learned as I went. The more I lost weight the more I got confident and doing more workouts. (Healthy) diets just became a habit," he said. 

Another thing he did was set timely goals. The results started to show. He lost 100 pounds in the six months since he got into the routine. This in turn spurred him to achieve more. “I felt like I needed to lose more, so I just re-adjusted my diet and calorie intake,” he said. He started lifting weights and doing more cardio at the gym. He stayed away from fast foods and ate home-cooked meals. Soon, he shed another 60 pounds but learned he needed to lose a bit more to be able to help his sister. So he worked out more and lost more weight. “I went all the way down to 195 pounds and that’s when I was eligible for donation,” he said. At long last, he was finally deemed eligible to donate his kidney to his sister. While the process of her recovery was slow, her health did improve. As she got better, Denise turned out to be an ace student and even won a scholarship. 



“It was life-changing for her. She started to be more happy. She is starting to go out and have fun and do the things she couldn’t do when she was in dialysis … It makes me happy to see her that way,” said Coronado. While he knew he lost weight for his sister, Coronado said he also did it for himself. “You have to really want to do it if you want to lose weight,” he said. “It was easy when I wanted to,” he said. And he has some tips to share for those wanting to lose weight - they should do one thing at a time, be consistent and lastly do it for their own well-being, "I did it for her and for myself. I wanted to do it for myself, but it could also benefit her,” he said. “I just did it for the both of us,” he said. 

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