Kane County Chronicle | ERIC SCHELKOPF
|Calvin Hummel, 18 months old, gets a kiss from his mom, Heidi, at their North Aurora home. Calvin was diagnosed with infantile nephrotic syndrome when he was 10 months old and is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant.|
NORTH AURORA – Toddler Calvin Hummel excitedly crawled around the living room of his North Aurora home, his energy masking the fact that the 18-month-old is in need of a life-saving kidney transplant.
In January, he was diagnosed with infantile nephrotic syndrome, a rare kidney disorder. Doctors have recommended a life-saving kidney transplant.
"By the first week in March, he was down to hardly any kidney function," said his mother, Heidi Hummel. "It hit hard, and it hit fast."
His kidneys were removed in April to prevent the chance of cancerous tumors forming, she said. He now has to have dialysis on a regular basis.
Kidneys remove waste products from the blood and regulate the body’s water fluid levels. His dialysis machine acts as his kidneys, she said. Continue reading