Helena teen receives life-saving kidney transplant from family friend

HELENA INDEPENDENT RECORD | Matt Neuman

On the second floor of a Primary Children’s hospital in Salt Lake City, doctors wheeled Ashley Lindgren, 19, into the operating room just after 1 p.m., Tuesday, June 20. She was about to get another chance at a normal life.

For the last 10 months, Ashley had undergone near daily dialysis, the exhausting process of removing her blood, filtering it, and returning it to her body.

In early August 2016, Ashley’s single functioning kidney flipped over, twisting the arteries connecting to it, cutting off the flow of blood. She was life-flighted to Salt Lake City, where she underwent emergency surgery to try and save it.

The surgery failed.

Ashley had just graduated from Capital High and was set to begin studying theatrer in Missoula at the University of Montana that fall. She was in the midst of performing in Montana Shakespeare Company’s rendition of “King Lear” when all her plans suddenly came to a halt.

“I lost all of it overnight. All of my plans for the future, all of the people I left behind in Helena, it just all fell apart.”Continue reading
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