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Levi Saldivar and Bryan Tinajero Cervantes have many issues in frequent. They have been born in Pomona, their birthdays are simply over a month aside, they each wanted dialysis and a kidney transplant from a younger age, their kidneys got here from the identical donor, and so they’re now finest buddies.
Levi was born in Pomona with superior renal failure as a consequence of an obstruction in his urethra (or bladder outlet) whereas within the womb. He was transferred to Loma Linda College Kids’s Hospital for care three weeks after delivery. Instantly after his delivery, Levi was began on dialysis for the foreseeable future.
His mom, Lidia Saldivar, says it was a troublesome introduction to life for Levi.
“He’s by no means eaten meals besides by means of a gastrostomy tube,” she says. “He’s had many surgical procedures from delivery till transplant.”
Bryan was born with each coronary heart and kidney points. He was transferred to Kids’s Hospital quickly after. In January, Bryan was getting weaker. He was even struggling to stroll. “Dialysis wasn’t serving to,” says his mom, Maria Tinajero. “I used to be praying to God, if he was to remain on this world to heal him from any ache.”
Once they obtained the decision that there have been kidneys for his or her sons, each Tinajero and Saldivar have been in shock and overjoyed. Each households rushed to get their sons prepared and go to the hospital. Each boys wore their favourite pajamas — which occurred to be matching “Paw Patrol” pajamas.
Tinajero says the boys met within the ready room and their friendship was spontaneous. Saldivar says they appear like they’ve been buddies ceaselessly.
“Their friendship blossomed immediately,” Tinajero says. “They are saying their kidneys discovered one another, brough them to one another.”
Bryan and Levi obtained their kidney transplants on February 5, just a few months earlier than their sixth birthdays.
Tinajero says she loves Kids’s Hospital as a result of they handled each her and her son with respect. “Everybody is knowing,” she says. “I don’t know a lot English, however they nonetheless included me and revered me in conversations.”
Saldivar is grateful and excited for her son’s future. “We’re so grateful for that one who donated their kidneys, and we’re so grateful to Loma Linda,” Saldivar says. “All of the nephrologists, dietitians, social staff, nurses, surgeons, the entire workforce at Loma Linda. He wouldn’t be right here with out them — they helped him dwell so lengthy.”
Rita Sheth, MD, a pediatric nephrologist at Kids’s Hospital, says Bryan and Levi’s story is superb.
“We name them medical twins as a result of they obtained kidneys from the identical deceased donor on the identical time whereas each in our unit at almost the identical age,” Sheth says.
Sheth says that whereas kidney failure at delivery in pediatric sufferers will not be frequent, it does occur, forcing youngsters to start out dialysis at a younger age. “Sadly, they find yourself with a number of related medical issues due to needing dialysis so early on in life,” she says. Typically they’ve developmental delays, prolonged hospital stays slowing their regular socialization and social growth, oral aversion, and an general troublesome medical journey, Sheth says.
The one method to get off dialysis is with a kidney transplant; after rising to a sure measurement so the organ suits correctly into the stomach and the blood vessels align. Nevertheless, Sheth says pediatric sufferers on dialysis don’t develop effectively and sometimes take a very long time to get to the peak and weight necessities.
She says the necessity for organ donors is rising. “Pediatric sufferers are ready longer and longer to get kidneys as a consequence of our lengthy waitlist,” she says. “There simply aren’t sufficient donors. Clearly, organ donors make a huge impact on folks’s lives — these youngsters are going to thrive in comparison with what they’d have been on dialysis. The affect is a present of life for the kid and their entire household.”
Whereas each Levi and Bryan are doing effectively with their new kidneys, Sheth says there’s a restricted lifespan for each kidneys from deceased donors in addition to residing associated donors. Each boys might have one other transplant in roughly 10 to 15 years.
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