Teen battling kidney and heart disease gives back

KARE11 | Adrienne Broaddus

Teen gives back. Photo: KARE

ANDOVER, Minn - A Twin Cities girl who has already endured several organ transplants has a new battle to fight.

At age 15, Vivica Loyd said she has had more than 100 surgeries. By the time she turned 8, she had already had three surgeries on her heart.

Since birth, Loyd's days have been numbered. Her mother, Donette June, said her daughter was born with VACTERL association. That is a disorder that affects many body systems.

"She had six holes in her heart," June said. "She had one kidney and it wasn't functioning hardly at all. They told me to say goodbye to my baby."

In 2012, Vivica received a heart transplant. Two years prior, she received a new kidney, which she affectionately calls "Super Kidney."

But even on her toughest days, the 15-year-old is finding strength by giving back to other kids in need. She organized a toy drive. She and her mother said the toys collected will be given to patients at the Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital next month. Vivica says toys and coloring books helped her relax while she was in the hospital. Continue reading