Little Girl Living Life to the Fullest Thanks to Ultimate Donation from Stranger

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(ABC 6 News) -- You don't expect to have to handle the stress of a disease, a stroke and an organ transplant all in one lifetime, but one girl has experienced all of these things, by the age of 12.

BilliJo Bowman was diagnosed with Henoch Schonlein Purpura when she was 7-years-old. It's a disease that causes inflammation of the blood vessels.

However, BilliJo's condition was rare, because it was also attacking her kidneys, which brought her to Rochester, searching for a solution.

"There were no sleepovers, no going to other people's houses,” BilliJo said.

Up until this point, BilliJo had not had the normal life experiences of a 12-year-old girl from Missouri.

"And then she got red dots on her elbows and her knees. So I took her to her pediatrician and she diagnosed her with HSP," her mom, Candace Bowman, said.

All the Bowmans could do was follow all the rules and hope the disease would go into remission on its own, until one morning, things took a turn for the worse. Continue reading

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