Undaunted, Moorpark boy is ever-hopeful

MOORPARK ACORN | Caitlin Trude

A 10-year-old Moorpark boy has been waiting three years for a kidney transplant.

At just 3 days old, Kadin Hoven was diagnosed with kidney disease. While a normal, healthy life seemed to be on the horizon after his dad, Shawn, donated a kidney to Kadin when he was 9 months old, the boy’s body started rejecting the organ when he turned 5.

In early 2014, Kadin again underwent a kidney transplant when he and his mom, Heidi, participated in a paired kidney exchange program. Heidi donated her kidney to a patient in San Francisco, and in return, Kadin received one from a donor in Ohio.

But their relief was short-lived.

Just 20 days later, that kidney also failed and Kadin’s body began to shut down.

It was a tumultuous time for the family.

“It was turbulent because (the doctors) did the transplant, everything looked really good (but) he went downhill so fast,” Shawn said. “It came to the point where the kidney was, in a sense, a toxin within his body. They realized they were going to have to do surgery to remove it.” Continue reading