Chattanooga teen is first child in state to receive dual heart, kidney transplant

Ahmya Calloway is given an EKG during one of her regular checkups to monitor her new heart at Vanderbilt Children's Hospital on Thursday, June 30, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. Almost two months after receiving a heart and kidney transplant, Ahmya was told she could transition to once-weekly checkups and return home to Chattanooga.Photo by Doug Strickland /Times Free Press.
TIMES FREE PRESS | Steve Johnson

NASHVILLE — By the time Darnima Calloway and her daughter Ahmya got the good news, they had spent two and a half hours bouncing from a waiting room to an EKG lab, to a visit with a nurse to check Ahmya's weight, a blood test, another examination room, another waiting room, and yet another examination room at Vanderbilt's Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital on Thursday.

But it was worth the wait. All of the tests doctors had done to check on 13-year-old Ahmya's (ah-MY-a's) new heart and kidney transplant were good, and she could go home to Chattanooga, needing only to return once a week for the next few weeks.

was the news Darnima had been waiting for. After years of making the two-hours-plus bus ride to Vanderbilt for kidney dialysis three times every week, months when her daughter lay in a hospital bed, hoping doctors could find a heart and kidney donor before her failing heart gave out, and now eight weeks after the difficult but successful dual heart and kidney transplant, she could pack her bags and head home from the motel room where she had spent much of the past five months. Continue reading.
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