By writer to www.fox32chicago.com
JOLIET, Unwell. – A Joliet teenager acquired the reward of life, one yr after being recognized with a uncommon genetic situation that left her with end-stage kidney illness.
Fifteen-year-old Elizabeth Reyes discovered final Wednesday that docs discovered an organ donor match.
“Till the organ is actually within the surgeon’s hand, there isn’t any particular sure as a result of it might arrive and there might have been one thing mistaken,” mentioned Elizabeth’s mother, Stacey.
The transplant was successful and Elizabeth is anticipated to be launched from the hospital this weekend.
In August, Elizabeth was experiencing excessive lethargy. She developed a limp and her eyes had been actually bulging out of her head, in accordance with her mother.
At first, docs thought it was a scarcity of train attributable to at-home studying and the pandemic. However a blood check confirmed one thing a lot completely different. Elizabeth was rushed to Lurie Kids’s Hospital in Chicago. She was diagnosed with nephronophthisis, a situation that causes fibrosis of the kidneys.
Her uncommon Sort O blood made discovering a kidney donor much more tough.
Final week, the household acquired phrase a deceased donor kidney was a match.
“I hope they know simply how a lot they’ve modified Elizabeth’s life and our lives too, and I can not think about what number of different households lives they’ve additionally modified,” mentioned Stacey.
She says they hope to fulfill the donor’s household someday to inform them in-person how grateful they’re.
“A household is struggling the lack of their 19-year-old son or grandson or nephew and we’re celebrating as a result of our daughter is principally beginning her new life proper now due to him,” mentioned Stacey.
Elizabeth is hoping to be launched from the hospital this weekend. She’ll should take anti-rejection remedy for the remainder of her life. She’s trying most ahead to taking a trip together with her household, after enduring three hours of dialysis, thrice every week for practically a yr.
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