Jackson girl gets kidney for Valentine: Donor found child, 8, through the Brighter Christmas program

Jackson Sun | Tracie Simer

Eight-year-old Jaquilyn Shaw, who was in desperate need of an organ transplant, received a life-saving gift on Valentine’s Day — a healthy new kidney.

The third-grader at Nova Elementary was born with one kidney, which was functioning at less than 25 percent. Jaquilyn was receiving nine-hour dialysis treatments daily and taking dozens of medications. Her cousin and legal guardian Jessica Shaw, 25, has been running the dialysis machine — which sits by Jaquilyn’s bed — and keeping the prescriptions updated.In November, The Jackson Sun spotlighted Jaquilyn and her family as part of a series of stories on people who need assistance through the Brighter Christmas Fund. The family received many generous gifts, including news that four people stepped forward as potential donors, Jessica Shaw said in December.
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