Friday, January 22, 2016

Mother angry after she’s refused clearance to donate kidney to 18-month-old son

National Post | Michael Tutton, The Canadian Press
Zaccari Buell is shown in an undated family photo. Ashley Barnaby, who tried unsuccessfully to donate her kidney to her son Zaccari, says parents should be allowed to assume some health risk to help their children live better lives.

HALIFAX — A New Brunswick mother who tried unsuccessfully to donate her kidney to her baby boy says parents should be allowed to assume some health risk to help their children live better lives.

Ashley Barnaby says she was informed recently that staff at the Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax rejected her application because of her history of high blood pressure and gestational diabetes during pregnancy.

The mother says the risk to herself is small compared to the kind of complete change the transplant would bring to her 18-month-old son Zaccari Buell.

“It would give him a more normal childhood. … He’s attached to a machine right now and that’s what is keeping him going,” she said in an interview. Continue reading
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