Born with prune belly syndrome, Caden amazes his nephrology team by defying all odds
In the fall of 2020, Rebecca learned she was pregnant with a boy.
“I was so excited for my toddler, Jackson, to become a big brother. The future was so bright that my biggest concern was picking a name,” Rebecca says.
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Carter is born ready to fight and defy the odds
When Kirsten was 24 weeks pregnant, a routine ultrasound revealed that her amniotic fluid was low and showed an abnormality in her baby, Carter's, kidneys. A few weeks later, a second in-depth ultrasound confirmed that Carter had polycystic kidney disease (PKD), a rare genetic disease that causes fluid-filled cysts to grow in the kidneys and can ultimately lead to kidney failure.
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Donated kidney saves a girl’s life — a second time
Some transplanted organs can last for life. The kidney isn’t one of them. Charley and her family have known that ever since she was 2, when a donated kidney saved her life.
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A young patient with kidney issues finds answers at Children's Health
When Lainey was just 3 years old, her mom, Shannon, noticed she had blood in her urine. Sensing something was wrong, she brought Lainey to her pediatrician who suspected she might have a bladder or urinary tract infection. But after three weeks of negative cultures and no relief from her symptoms, Lainey was referred to the Pediatric Nephrology Department at Children's Health in search of answers.
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Madison keeps a positive attitude while battling kidney disease
If Madison wasn't hooked up to a dialysis machine, you would probably never know she needs a kidney transplant. Diagnosed with Stage 3 kidney disease at age 12, she is now in complete renal failure. This means no eating out with friends, swimming and traveling. Instead, Madison spends her Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Children's Health℠ getting dialysis.
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A young patient stays positive by helping others
When Jack was just three years old, he was visiting a fountain at the park with his grandma – an x-ray technician – when she noticed a bump on his right side. He saw his pediatrician the next day who referred him to Children’s Health for a scan, which revealed a mass growing on his right kidney.
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Music and medicine help young man overcome kidney disease
When Jireh was 14 years old, his mom Sharonda rushed him to the doctor on a weekend because she was afraid he was having an extreme allergic reaction to something he had eaten. His face had swollen up significantly and, initially, his doctor came to the same conclusion but asked for a urine sample just in case. To everyone’s surprise, the urinalysis detected there was blood in the sample, and Jireh was referred to Children’s Health for additional testing.
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