Dad’s kidney perfect fit for daughter, 12, with rare condition


Ray Paige, Perryburg assistant football coach, donated his kidney to this daughter Cassie, 12, who had been on dialysis due to kidney failure. THE BLADE/JEREMY WADSWORTH

Cassie Paige is elated to be one of the lucky ones.

Having received a donated kidney from her own father two weeks ago, the 12-year-old Rossford girl has energy again and a bright future ahead.

Cassie’s ordeal with kidney disease, however, is not over, and she looks forward to the day when her life is just "normal."

Her kidney disease was caused by microscopic polyangiitis, a rare condition in which inflamed blood vessels damage kidneys or other vital organs.

"Kidney disease caused by MPA often does not produce symptoms," according to the Cleveland Clinic. "Inflammation of the kidney may not be apparent until the kidneys begin to stop working."

Ray Paige, Cassie’s father and an assistant coach for the Perrysburg High School football team, said his daughter’s illness came out of the blue. She seemed fine until her family had to rush her to an emergency room last Thanksgiving because of dizziness and vision problems. Continue reading