My mother in-law just called my wife to tell her that after a pap smear & some blood tests her Dr told her that her right kidney was dead but he "thinks" the other is OK. I think this is an obvious lie & ploy to get our attention as both of us have serious health conditions & have not been able to see her for awhile. I/we do not want to say anything to her about our suspicions until we are 100% sure that this "story" is not true. So is this possible? Can someones kidney just die w/out having some pretty serious symptoms before it fails? And what is usually done when a Dr finds that someones kidney has failed? I mean prior to removal of the kidney? i.e. hospitalization, dialysis, stent, shunt? I hope my question has not offended anyone, I know how crazy this question seems. I just like to know the facts on a matter, especially if someone is using a health condition to try to manipulate my wife & I as we are very empathetic to others w/health conditions. She has tried to tell us about other false health conditions (lupus, ra, hep c, hiv, heart attack & even a "brain bleed") obviously trying to use our kindness to people w/illnesses as weakness.