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WALESKA, Ga. – When Cherokee Rabjohn awoke on her 10th birthday, she was in a hospital mattress with little or no understanding of how she acquired there.
“You already know these large headphones we used to have in elementary faculty? So, I put them on and I, like, moved my jaw and my jaw cracked,” Rabjohn mentioned, remembering. “And your complete aspect of my face was drooping, so it seemed like I would had a stroke.”
She hadn’t had a stroke, however she did have a golf ball-sized tangle of blood vessels within the middle of her mind. The one possibility was present process dangerous mind surgical procedure at Youngsters’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
“We did not know the way she can be when she acquired out,” says Cherokee’s mom, Debbie Rabjohn. “They mentioned she could by no means stroll, she would possibly not likely discuss, she won’t know her household or anybody.”
The surgical procedure, nevertheless, was successful, and immediately Rabjohn is working towards her grasp’s diploma in schooling on the College of West Georgia; she’s presently finishing a summer season internship at Reinhardt University in Waleska. However Cherokee Rabjohn’s been spending time round medical doctors and nurses once more currently — this time, supporting the girl who by no means left her bedside all these years in the past.
“Twenty-three years in the past, I used to be identified with a kidney illness, and it was fairly uncommon,” says Debbie Rabjohn. “And now, I want a kidney.”
Debbie Rabjohn is presently on the ready listing for a kidney transplant; it is a course of that may be agonizingly sluggish, which why her daughter had a lightning-fast response.
“I used to be like, ‘Can I give my kidney?’ I’ve by no means seen a extra shocked look on my mother’s face as a result of I do not even suppose it even took me half a second. I used to be like, ‘Oh, you need my kidney?'”
Says Debbie: “To have your personal baby go below the knife on the identical time you are going below the knife and never have the ability to take care of her and care for her, was very exhausting. And so, for me, I used to be like, ‘Hmm, unsure this may work for me.’ And she or he simply principally sat me down and mentioned, ‘You gave me life. If I can provide you a kidney and preserve you round … as a result of I do not need to stay with out you.'”
Medical doctors say Cherokee’s kidney is not a precise match for her mom, however she nonetheless plans to donate in order that her kidney will go to another person who wants it, releasing up one other kidney for her mom. It is a course of known as a “paired kidney change,” and it is the identical factor FOX Medical Group reporter Beth Galvin took part in back in 2015.
Household and buddies are additionally on a mission to encourage others to turn into organ donors as a result of, as Debbie’s grandson Jayse says, “My Noni wants a kidney.”
And of their second main medical journey collectively, a lesson for the Rabjohn household: moms could give life, however daughters can, too.
Household and buddies have arrange a GoFundMe web page for Debbie Rabjohn, which you’ll find here. And Debbie’s donation coordinator Barbara could also be reached at 404-605-4128.
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