Ultimate kindness - Miami women to undergo kidney donor and transplant surgeries

Britney Hurt (left), of Miami, holding her daughter Evelyn Rose, is donating a kidney to Carmen Ball (right), also of Miami. Ball suffers from a genetic form of kidney disease.
MIAMI OK | Melinda Stotts

MIAMI – What kindness must abound in the heart of 23-year-old Miami mother of four, Britney Hurt.

Hurt is donating a kidney to another woman, an acquaintance, Carmen Ball, 45 of Miami.

A genetic kidney disease began affecting Ball's health 10 years ago.

“We have a family kidney disease,” Ball said. “My Mom had it, my brother too. He had his transplant 10 years ago. So, I found out that I had the gene for this kidney disease a couple years ago, but they started failing about 10 years ago.”

Watching her mother and brother battle the disease and knowing she too had the same disease was earthshaking.

“It's terrifying,” Ball said.

Ball said she hasn't had to undergo dialysis and hasn't experienced many of the side effects or debilitating problems many kidney patients suffer.

“A lot of people throw up, I don't ever throw up, basically I'm very tired all the time,” she said. “I have to go to doctors visits all the time. I tried to get on the transplant list about a year ago and they told me I was too fat.”

To be considered for transplant a patient must not have a high BMI (Body Mass Index), Ball explained. Continue reading
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