Amanda Moran, the orchestra director at J.C. Booth Middle School, recently received a kidney from her brother, Andrew
Amanda Moran is not a typical candidate for Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), mainly because her parents did not have it. PKD, which is known for causing cysts to grow on the kidneys, is typically passed down genetically and it doesn’t skip generations. According to kidney.org, it is the number four cause of kidney failure, affecting an estimated 600,000 Americans. A genetic mutation caused Moran’s PKD, which resulted in elevated blood pressure and effected the levels of different chemicals and toxins in the body and how they were processed.
“The biggest thing was how tired I was,” Moran, the orchestra director at J.C. Booth Middle School, said. “I’d go to the grocery store, or fold laundry, and I’d need to take a nap.”
After getting the diagnosis, Moran started doing research. Doctors said that she would likely need to go on dialysis within five years or get a kidney transplant. Two years ago, Moran went through the screening process with the Piedmont Transplant Center and was approved to get on the list. Continue reading
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