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Friday, August 12, 2016

Lyndi Hollinger's birthday wish is life-saving kidney transplant

Lyndi Hollinger, 8-year-old daughter of State Young Farmer Committee member Gy Hollinger, has been waiting for a kidney transplant since March of 2015. She must endure 10 hours of kidney dialysis every night just to survive.

SPARTA - Lyndi Hollinger remains hopeful that she'll get a very special birthday present this year.

The daughter of State Young Farmer Committee member Gy Hollinger turns 9 on Sept. 29, but she is hooked up to a kidney dialysis machine next to her bed for 10 hours every night while she awaits an organ transplant that's needed to save her life.

Lyndi, oldest of three sisters, is suffering from a rare disease, Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), forcing the removal of both of her kidneys on March 19, 2015 at DeVos Children's Hospital in Grand Rapids. She has undergone dialysis for the past two years and must continue to undergo daily dialysis until a matching kidney donor can be found.

"It's not easy to care for a sick child," said Tressa Hollinger, Lyndi's mom, who prays that a kidney transplant will allow her daughter to lead a more normal life. "You can't prepare for it. Ever since she has been on dialysis, she has been a completely different child. It's made such a difference. She was so sick before and the steroids she had to take made her swell up." Continue reading
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