BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Marvin Burney, a Bladen County man who underwent a record number of dialysis treatments died Thursday. He was 63.
Burney’s family called him the greatest fighter in the world. That’s because his battle with kidney disease was unprecedented.
Burney was a dialysis patient for 23 years and 10 months and endured 3,565 dialysis treatments over the years, which is unheard of even with advances in kidney care.
According to the National Kidney Foundation, the average life expectancy for a dialysis patient is 5 to 10 years.
Burney was one of the first patients in North Carolina trained in home hemodialysis. With the assistance of his wife, Marsha, Burney completed his own treatments in his home for 11 years.
In 2015, Burney was honored at the annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Golf Invitational for his record number of dialysis treatments. At that time, he had undergone about 2,600 dialysis treatments.
His family says he fought hard until the very end. They chose not to say he lost his battle, rather he “won his victory,” as stated in his obituary.
For details on Mr. Burney’s funeral services, click here.