In 2013, Donald Burns, now 69, a retired MoDOT employee and farmer who lives south of Pattonsburg, had to have a creatinine test before his diabetic medication could be renewed. A creatinine test measures how well the kidneys are working.
The test revealed Donald had Stage 4 kidney disease.
“The doctor was alarmed and we were panicked,” said his wife Kathy.
By Stage 4, severe kidney damage has already happened.