Local teen with rare kidney failure finds a match on her mother’s birthday

FOX 17 | Michael Dupre

MUSKEGON, Mich. – A mother from Muskegon received the ultimate birthday surprise when her daughter received a new kidney after months on dialysis.

Olivia Duncan, 18, had been battling a rare form of stage 5 kidney failure and had her kidneys removed eight months ago. She has been on dialysis ever since and was featured on FOX 17 in March, as family members and doctors tried to get the word out about her need for a transplant.

On Sunday, while celebrating her mother's birthday, the family received a call that a deceased donor was a match for Olivia.

“Helen DeVos [Children's Hospital] saying we have a kidney,” says Tressa Crosby, Olivia’s mom. “And we just went to screaming and crying and just rejoicing and happy.”

Olivia underwent the transplant Monday afternoon and gave a thumbs up from her hospital bed after coming out of the operating room. Continue reading


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