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Every night, Steven must hook himself up to a machine that will clean his body of toxins. "You fill your body with a dextrose kind of fluid—it goes in through intravenously—and then it comes out so the machine is sort of draining with a spin cycle all night long," Cojo explains.

Cojo says he's surprised that he can deal with the dialysis. "I fought it so strenuously," he says. "I've been going to kidney doctors for the last year and I would see in the waiting room the dark part of dialysis—sick people hunched over in wheelchairs. ... Now that I faced it, this is the other face of dialysis and I'm kind of proud of that, too, that you can function."

Oprah: What will you do, though, if you don't get a kidney? Is there a time limit to how long your body can go on?

Cojo: People have told me they've been on dialysis for 25 years, 30 years. ... [But] I know I'm going to get a kidney. I'm saying that right here, right now. There's no other way. It's going to happen.
FROM: Brooke Shields, Wynonna Judd, Steven Cojocaru: A Special Follow Up
Published on September 27, 2005


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