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Again in June, Tyler Abundis, his mom Brenda and father Eric had been in search of a brand new kidney for Tyler, who, over the course of this yr, was experiencing a major discount in kidney operate.
Some round North Iowa might have seen indicators for Tyler’s trigger or the household’s minivan which shared the message: “My son is in want of Kidney Kind-A” and a cellphone quantity to contact them.
However on the finish of August, the Abundis household obtained nice information: Tyler received a match for a kidney transplant.
“I am very excited,” Brenda mentioned. “It is in all probability going to be an extended highway along with his therapeutic course of, however we are going to get by way of it … Tyler is hard.”
Tyler, a 29-year-old from Plymouth, was born with Lowe syndrome, which is a illness that impacts the bones, eyes and kidneys. Tyler is taken into account legally blind due to his prognosis, however can nonetheless see lights and shadows. He additionally experiences occasional seizures, has low muscle tone and makes use of a wheelchair or walker to get round.
The kidney might be coming from near house, as a longtime household buddy, Carrie Shannon, from Clear Lake, is the one who might be donating her kidney to Tyler.
“Carrie discovered and was in a position to inform us across the finish of August,” Brenda mentioned. “Then we received the decision from Iowa Metropolis three weeks later with the information.”
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Brenda mentioned she obtained quite a few calls from folks asking how they may look into donating, and much more simply to supply their prayers and assist.
Tyler’s surgical procedure is scheduled for Nov. 18, however he and Brenda must go to Iowa Metropolis on Nov. 16 to spend a few days to organize. Following the surgical procedure, Tyler must keep within the hospital for seven to 14 days for the medical doctors to investigate cross-check him.
Brenda is ecstatic concerning the upcoming surgical procedure, however Tyler continues to be feeling a bit uneasy.
“I am type of scared,” Tyler mentioned of what he considered his upcoming process.
Brenda takes the time to reassure Tyler it’s going to be OK, and that the surgical procedure goes to be good for his well being. One factor that has stored Tyler excited regardless of his nerves is that he’ll quickly be capable of eat dairy usually once more.
Brenda mentioned Tyler loves dairy, particularly milk and ice cream, and presently, he can solely have small portions of dairy due to the state of his kidneys. After the transplant, Tyler will be capable of drink milk and eat ice cream to his coronary heart’s content material.
“Scooby likes ice cream, too,” Tyler reminded Brenda, in reference to the household’s canine named Scooby.
As for what Tyler has been as much as since June, he and Brenda have stored very busy. They’ve gone on numerous tenting journeys, spending time in Spook Cave, Beeds Lake State Park, Clear Lake and Rock Falls.
They’ve additionally spent numerous time on the motion pictures, just lately seeing Venom on the Cinema West Theatre in Mason Metropolis. Tyler has additionally spent numerous time listening to music, particularly considered one of his favourite artists, Miranda Lambert.
To assist assist Tyler, the Pals of Plymouth group has arrange a fundraiser occasion on the Plymouth Lounge on Sunday, Oct. 31.
The fundraiser will run from 10 a.m. to three p.m. and can function a pasta bar, raffle and music. There may even be $10 meal tickets obtainable.
“We’re extraordinarily grateful for it (the fundraiser),” Brenda mentioned. “Plymouth is a fairly small group, and we attempt to assist one another out. They’re fantastic folks.”
Since starting the journey of in search of a brand new kidney for Tyler, Brenda has change into extremely appreciative of those that have supplied their time and assist, lots of whom she did not even know personally.
“We’re very grateful for the outpouring of assist from our family and friends, and the folks we did not even know,” Brenda mentioned. “I simply can’t thank them sufficient.”
Zachary Dupont covers politics and enterprise growth for the Globe Gazette. You possibly can attain him at 641-421-0533 or email@example.com. Observe Zachary on Twitter at @ZachNDupont
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