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TAMPA (WFLA) – Mother and father of a Tampa teenager with a uncommon gene attacking his kidneys are hoping for a Thanksgiving miracle within the type of a kidney donor.
“I like enjoying video video games loads. It’s the one factor I sort of do,” Raj Guntuku informed eight On Your Aspect’s Christine McLarty Thursday.
The teenager mentioned he’s a second-degree black belt in karate. When requested what phrase greatest describes himself, he picked “braveness.”
“Braveness, as a result of within the online game I at all times attempt to beat the sport it doesn’t matter what,” he mentioned.
His mother and father, Nehru and Rabha, mentioned he’s brave in actual life too.
“He’s taking it so strongly, higher than us as mother and father. I believe it’s all of the prayers which are working,” they mentioned.
Raj began feeling sick in September. After many exams, docs identified him with Nephronophthisis.
“It’s one in a 920,000 individuals.”
Nehru mentioned the gene mutation exhibits up in youngsters once they flip 1, 13 or 19 years outdated. It confirmed up in Raj only one week earlier than his 13th birthday.
Raj’s 17-year-old sister Bhavika was rapidly examined and doesn’t have the gene. However she mentioned she’s been fearful for months as a result of Raj is her greatest buddy.
“It was undoubtedly very exhausting to essentially do something apart from take into consideration this,” she mentioned.
Bhavika mentioned she will be able to’t donate her kidney as a result of she’s too younger, her mother has had kidney stones and her dad is the flawed blood kind.
“I need individuals to know you’ll be able to survive with one kidney. The rationale we’re campaigning to such an extent is that each his kidneys are failing,” Bhavika mentioned.
The household is looking for a dwelling kidney donor. “It might save my life,” Raj mentioned with a smile.
The household known as the advert company “Acme On The Go” to unfold the phrase.
“He responded and mentioned,’That is in regards to the child? I’ll do it for you without cost, I received’t cost something,’” Raj’s dad mentioned, recalling his expertise.
“We really feel so grateful being on this neighborhood the place everybody helps,” mentioned Raj’s mother.
To donate your kidney to Raj, it’s a must to be between 21 to 49 years outdated and have blood kind “O” constructive or unfavorable.
Raj says he’s hopeful and grateful.
“I’m grateful to you for spreading this out on the information!” he informed eight On Your Aspect.
Raj’s father, Nehru, will be reached at (813) 995-4815.
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