Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Mom Donates a Kidney to a Stranger to Save Her Son as Part of a Life-Saving Kidney Chain

SEATTLE CHILDREN'S | Kathryn Mueller

Belinda Hudson would do anything for her 18-year-old son, Nigel Dalton. So when he needed a kidney, she didn’t hesitate to offer one of her own.

Unfortunately, she wasn’t a match.

“I always thought I’d be able to give him mine,” said Hudson. “I’m his mom. I couldn’t believe I wasn’t a match. I felt so helpless.”

She was, however, a perfect match for someone else, a complete stranger. So again, without hesitation, she offered her kidney, and in return her son found a match as well.

And so, through the National Kidney Registry, a chain of six people and three kidneys was formed, all linked together by the gift of life.

A broken kidney, a long journey

When Hudson was 20 weeks pregnant she found out there was something wrong with her baby boy’s kidneys. After giving birth, doctors confirmed the diagnosis. His kidneys were damaged beyond repair. Even with surgical intervention, the family knew at some point a kidney transplant would be his only option. Continue reading
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