A transforming gift from a mother to her son


Ryan Noblett (Photo: Levine Children's Hospital)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Ryan Noblett is an energetic 18 year old who skydives and graduated among the top of his high school class, a remarkable achievement since he is blind. But the genetic disorder that robbed his sight also created a newer problem – kidney failure.

The Pediatric Nephrology Program at Levine Children's Hospital ranks as one of the best in the nation by U.S. News and World Report. Once a donor could be identified, Ryan's transplant would occur with total continuity of his medical team. A living donor meant the surgery could be planned well in advance.

The morning of Ryan Noblett's transplant, his father, uncle, and grandmother were by his bedside. His mother, Anna, had gone into surgery an hour earlier.

Timing between the paired procedures was critical, and at 8 a.m., Ryan went into the operating room. Continue reading