Tuesday, April 10, 2018
THE BIG NEWS!
But as many of you know, Maliyah's road to complete recovery hasn't been quite as simple as that first transplant. For several years, our mom's kidney did well. Slowly, the lab results started to look less promising. It was determined the kidney was in T-Cell Rejection. The initial treatments didn't work, but finally a treatment known as IVIG allowed gradual improvement. Soon after, in March of 2016, Maliyah had a heart surgery which did not go as planned, puncturing her heart.
The stress on the rest of her body as her heart struggled led to complete kidney failure. Two years of waiting on the kidney registry and repetitious dialysis treatments have followed. For two years, our family has waited for Maliyah's kidney.
On April 2, just last Monday, we received the news. Maliyah is getting her kidney this summer*, and we could not be more thrilled.
There are thousands more on the registry for an organ donation though, and many of them have not yet received a donor. Maliyah's kidney will change our lives so much-- you, too, are capable of making this kind of change in somebody else's life. Organ donation influences so much more than the person who is receiving the actual transplant. Because somebody decided to give, Maliyah has been given the gift of life and energy, and each of our family members and friends are forever thankful.
"I feel like I will be free," Maliyah said after receiving the news. "I will be able to be with my friends and family without dialysis being in the way. I will get to swim, and I'll have more energy!"
Thank all of you for your support during our journey over the last two years and also during the last sixteen years. Our hearts are full as we share this news with you, our biggest cheerleaders. Here's to this triumph, and to many more to come!
As always, we hope you will continue to stick with us over the next few months as we tell our story.
Kendra & Maliyah
~The Herrin Twins~
*We do not want to be contacted by news stations or other organizations regarding this topic. We would like to maintain the privacy of the donor throughout this process.