After trip to Hawaii, Jinright receives wish of new kidney

Brin Jinright, 14, visited Hawaii this summer through Make-A-Wish as she dealt with late-stage kidney failure. Brin received a kidney transplant on July 10.

After months of uncertainty and being in and out of hospitals, a Beaver Crossing girl and her family got an unforgettable vacation.

Brin Jinright, 14, her mother Jody and her twin seven-year-old brothers Jarret and Jagger traveled to Kauai, Hawaii, in April, thanks to Nebraska Make-A-Wish.

Two months after that vacation, Brin received a new kidney from a live donor.

Last May, Brin said she and her dad went to an air show in Lincoln. Near the end of the day, she noticed her shoes were getting tight and she had to keep loosening her laces. Her ankles became swollen, too, and it progressed to her other extremities.

Jody said the swelling caused Brin to gain more than 15 pounds from retaining fluids.

Brin was taken to the emergency room, where they thought she was suffering from a urinary tract infection. When she visited her primary care doctor, they found her creatine had spiked, which signaled something was wrong with her kidneys. Continue reading 

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