After a tumultuous year, KSDK anchor Anne Allred shares her story of overcoming kidney failure

Anne Allred, a KSDK anchor, recently underwent kidney transplant surgery. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air's Don Marsh on April 24, 2017.
Last April, KSDK Anchor Anne Allred hadn’t given a thought to organ donation. She was preparing to have a baby in September and balancing life as an evening anchor of KSDK news.

A year later, everything is different for Allred as she marks this year’s National Donate Life Month. In the past year, she faced the premature birth of her daughter, Nora, and her extended stay in the NICU, severe renal failure due to a rare kidney disorder, dialysis and an eventual kidney transplant.

“To describe those months, I feel now that I’m getting some distance from it all, I cannot believe it happened,” Allred said. “I feel like I dipped into somebody else’s life and came back out of it. It seemed surreal and it was, just to be frank, miserable and horrible and very hard on our family and I’m so lucky we got through it.”

Allred was initially unaware her kidneys were failing because she had just had her daughter by emergency c-section. By the time the doctors realized the problem, she had to immediately start emergency dialysis, sitting in a dark room for nine hours a day for three weeks with tubes attached to her stomach, pumping the poison out of her internal organs. Continue reading
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