An organ transplant gives one Dallas Township family the gift of life this Christmas

THE DALLAS POST | Eileen Godin

DALLAS TWP. — Seventeen-year-old Andrew Schukraft wants three things for Christmas — time with family, friends and chocolate.

The teen’s holiday wish list may seem modest, but he received the best gift back in February 2016 when a kidney donor was found, ending his cycle of dialysis and giving him a new lease on life.

This Christmas is Andrew’s first with a new kidney and he is excited to indulge in his Grandma Elaine Woods’ annual brunch that includes items such as fresh blueberry French Toast, scalloped potatoes, ham and a variety of egg dishes.Christmas 2015 was much different as a strict diet prevented Andrew from enjoying many of the holiday foods the family traditionally makes.

Andrew was diagnosed with IgA Nephropathy, a condition where a specific antibody gets embedded into the kidneys and affects their ability to filter waste from the blood. Continue reading
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