Corpus Christi Caller Times | Julie Garcia
|Rachel Denny Clow/Caller-Times Sebastian Cardenas, 6, plays Uno while receiving dialysis treatment Friday, March 4, 2016, at Driscoll Children's Hospital.|
Six-year-old Sebastian Cardenas wants to be just like his big brother, Emiliano, who plays soccer.
Like every new soccer player, Sebastian needed new soccer cleats, a bright-colored shirt and a pair of shorts. But he has another accessory that not everyone else does: a feeding tube.
Sebastian was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome when he was a year old after his face, legs and abdomen started swelling uncontrollably. The syndrome causes damage to small blood vessels in the kidneys, and Sebastian has the type that is resistant to traditional treatment.
The small boy with bright eyes and a larger-than-life personality is one of the millions of children affected by kidney disease in the country. World Kidney Day is March 10, and this year's theme is "Kidney Disease and Children: Act Early to Prevent It."
What followed his diagnosis has been countless hours at Driscoll Children's Hospital for dialysis followed by the removal of his kidneys, and then a kidney transplant when he was 3 years old. But the story doesn't stop there. Continue reading