Santa Clarita Mother Of Four Seeking Kidney Transplant

KHTS HOMETOWN STATION | Lorena Mejia

In 2002, Nathalie De received a phone call that would change the course of her life.

Just after graduating from college, eager to realize her dreams of helping orphans in Ivory Coast, West Africa, she received her father’s health prognosis.

He had polycystic kidney disease (PKD).

Polycystic kidney disease is an inherited disorder in which clusters of cysts develop primarily within your kidneys, causing kidneys to enlarge and lose function over time, according to Mayo Clinic.

Kidneys filter waste and excess fluids from blood, which are then excreted in urine.

In the United States, about 600,000 people have PKD and it is the fourth leading cause of kidney failure, according to the National Kidney Foundation.

It’s found in all races and sexes and causes about 5 percent of all kidney failure.

Although some complications are preventable, lifestyle changes and treatments might help reduce damage to kidneys from complications, according to Mayo Clinic.

De learned that there was no known cure for the disorder, that her father would need dialysis to support his failing kidney and eventually a kidney transplant, if he was a candidate.Continue reading
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