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DANBURY — Nahlia Castillo can’t eat meals like french fries, go swimming or take a trip.
The 10-year-old Danbury lady has a kidney dysfunction and had each kidneys eliminated two years in the past. She has dialysis daily on the machine in her bed room and should take drugs each time she eats.
“She’s restricted from lots of issues she will be able to do,” stated Marielys Castillo, her mom.
The Ellsworth Avenue Elementary Faculty scholar wants a kidney transplant now, and it’s anticipated she is going to want a second kidney transplant, maybe when she is in her mid-30s, her mother stated. The household was instructed final week that she is 234th on the transplant checklist.
The longer it takes for Nahlia to obtain a kidney, the longer she is on dialysis and the more durable it’s for her physique to simply accept the kidney, her mother stated.
Marielys has began utilizing social media to share her daughter’s story and encourage individuals to donate their kidneys to assist Nahlia or different sufferers.
Marielys stated she had been hesitant to take action, however medical doctors and nurses urged her as a result of it has helped others discover donors.
“I didn’t need individuals to really feel like I used to be begging for one thing,” she stated.
Neighborhood members have reached out with help, which has been motivating, she stated.
“It was a approach of remedy and likewise a approach of speaking with everybody directly,” Marielys stated.
If she will get a kidney transplant, Nahlia longs to go on a Disney Cruise. However she has less complicated desires, too.
“I need to go to a farm,” stated Nahlia on Wednesday, including her favourite cattle are horses, though she additionally likes wolves and snakes.
Even earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, she generally couldn’t attend faculty in particular person. When she spent seven months within the hospital in 2018, a tutor visited her every day.
As a result of she is going to want a second kidney sooner or later, Nahlia wants a residing donor so the primary will last more. She is large enough that she might settle for an grownup’s kidney.
“My sized kidney can be good for her,” Marielys Castillo stated.
However medical doctors have instructed each dad and mom they’re unable to donate, regardless of being matches. Her mom’s liver ranges and household historical past of diabetes disqualify her, whereas her father has kidney stone issues.
Her mother stated she plans to get examined once more and prays medical doctors will let her donate this time.
Sitting in a black shirt and sporting a blue masks at her kitchen desk Wednesday, Nahlia was quiet about her experiences.
“She doesn’t speak about it lots,” her mother stated. “She’s my inspiration. She’s very robust. She’s a fighter.”
When Nahlia was 2, her dad and mom observed her eyes have been puffy and she or he was not consuming properly. The pediatrician stated to watch her.
Inside days, the toddler doubled in weight.
“She was so puffy, I couldn’t even decide her up,” Marielys stated.
The dad and mom rushed her to the emergency room at Danbury Hospital, who despatched her by ambulance to Yale-New Haven Hospital, the place a group of 15 individuals have been ready.
“My husband and I have been simply standing within the nook by the door,” Marielys stated. “They have been placing tubes on her. We have been so overwhelmed as a result of we had no thought what was occurring.”
Two days later, Nahlia was identified with nephrotic syndrome, a kidney dysfunction that causes one’s physique to cross an excessive amount of protein in urine, in keeping with Mayo Clinic.
In 2018, her situation worsened. Her physique was so swollen her household stated they pushed her across the hospital in a cart.
“She was so swollen she couldn’t stroll,” Marielys stated.
She was restricted to ingesting 500 milliliters a day and was not urinating sufficient. At one level, her blood strain and coronary heart price rose so excessive that she wanted to be transferred to the intensive care unit, Marielys stated. After that, her dad and mom determined to take away her kidneys.
“It was changing into too harmful,” Marielys stated. “It was placing her liable to a stroke.”
‘I all the time have that bag prepared’
The household travels continuously to Yale-New Haven Hospital for appointments. Generally Nahlia will be admitted to the hospital with little discover. She has suffered a couple of infections this 12 months, together with a few week in the past, and wanted surgical procedure in July.
“The whole lot simply drops in a second,” Marielys stated. “They all the time say to have a bag prepared. That’s what our life is. I all the time have that bag prepared.”
Marielys has labored for years at Nejame & Sons, the pool firm in Danbury, so she has extra work flexibility. Whereas her husband, Nate, who owns a barbershop and sells vehicles, doesn’t.
They’ve relied on Nahlia’s grandparents and their pastors for emotional help and to look at their older daughter.
Even earlier than the coronavirus pandemic, Marielys stated the household prevented giant teams to forestall Nahlia from getting sick, however might at the very least go to pals or go to eating places.
Her medical doctors have instructed the household that’s too large of a danger now, she stated. The household orders their groceries on-line and has not been to church in particular person, she stated.
“I attempt to keep robust, however there have been occasions when issues get lonely,” Marielys stated.
Nahlia stated she misses the classroom, however has been in a position to discuss to pals over her iPad. She stated her favourite class is science and she or he enjoys singing and portray.
Looking for a donor
At first, the transplant clinic known as about potential donors, however the household has not heard something in a few 12 months.
Marielys stated there’s a “stigma” round donating kidneys as a result of persons are apprehensive about private risks.
“It’s completely protected to do that,” she stated.
Potential donors might name the Yale-New Haven Kids’s Hospital transplant line at 866-925-3897 and say they need to give their kidney to Nahlia. Marielys really useful following up a pair weeks later.
Since turning to social media, Marielys stated she has acquired messages from potential donors. One was from an Arkansas mom, who stated she had had a sick little one and had promised to donate if her little one recovered.
A household good friend reached out per week in the past about doubtlessly donating.
“I do get the method lots, however not lots of people go ahead,” Marielys stated. “You’ll be able to’t get your hopes up.”
After a transplant, Nahlia would wish to remain dwelling for 3 to 4 months as a result of her immune system can be down, Marielys stated. She would additionally must take steroids for all times.
However in any other case, she might stay as she desires.
“The best way I image it’s, you may run free,” stated Marielys , spreading her arms. “As of proper now, every thing is a restriction.”
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