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RICHMOND, Va. — Tonisha Nix spent most of her childhood throughout the partitions of VCU Kids’s Hospital on Brook Street battling a uncommon kidney illness referred to as atypical-HUS.
Not a toddler, the now 26-year-old nonetheless spends her days on the identical ground of that hospital, serving to others as a nurse.
Nix stated she had little question that she wished to grow to be a nurse at VCU due to the relationships she created along with her nurses there as a toddler.
“I all the time stated once I grow to be a nurse, I’ll give them what my nurses gave me,” Nix defined. “And that was like having a house away from residence, compassion and caring.”
You won’t understand it from her vivid smile, however Nix has needed to overcome rather a lot due to her situation. After a kidney transplant failed again in 2006, she’s spent the final 17 years on dialysis.
“I’ve missed days, years from college, needed to overcome numerous vanity points with scars, and issues of that nature,” she famous.
Regardless of these challenges, Nix was in a position to graduate center, highschool and school on time.
“I felt like I’ve added rather a lot that folks stated I could not do,” stated Nix. “I’ve had a number of jobs. I am nonetheless an everyday particular person, I simply want a kidney.”
The younger caregiver desires one other shot at life, and to be wholesome sufficient to grow to be a journey nurse.
“I may very well be a greater particular person with that kidney,” she defined. “As a result of I will not be tied all the way down to a machine the remainder of my life, and I can journey and assist extra individuals outdoors RVA.”
Nix stated she’s had three requires individuals hoping to have the ability to give her a kidney, and so they weren’t profitable.
If she was capable of finding a donor now, she stated she can be ceaselessly grateful.
“I’ll actually cry,” she famous. “I am on the verge of tears proper now. If this video was a match, and it really went via, I might simply be ecstatic, like, I can’t know tips on how to really feel as a result of I have been residing my life all these years as a dialysis affected person.”
Nix’s mother Sonora Kinchen stated a number of medical doctors advised her that her daughter would not make it.
“She was meant to be right here,” stated Kinchen. “She is right here for a purpose. As a result of she’s nonetheless right here. And he or she’s nonetheless succeeding.”
If you happen to’re concerned with discovering out when you may very well be a match for Nix, you possibly can contact VCU Well being’s Hume-Lee Transplant Heart and say you want to get examined to be a kidney donor for Tonisha Nix.
Even when you can’t, Nix simply asks that you simply increase consciousness about kidney donation.
“Simply increase consciousness, particularly for African People,” Nix defined. “There are numerous African People within the dialysis middle, needing a kidney and nobody matches them. As a result of we’re laborious to match. And folks do not perceive that.”
Nix stays hopeful she is going to discover a donor, however within the meantime, she plans to proceed serving to sick youngsters.
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