A Mom/Nurse Donates Kidney to a Stranger to Better Her Son’s Chances: Paired Organ Transplant Procedure = No Dialysis + a Second Chance at Life

CHILDREN'S ORGAN TRANSPLANT ASSOCIATION

Bloomington, Indiana – September 5, 2017 – September 14th is going to be a big day of celebrating and reminiscing for a Nevada family. September 14th is the two-year anniversary of Mom Jennifer’s early morning paired organ transplant procedure that allowed her son, Zackery, to receive his life-saving kidney transplant later that day.

Zackery Dado was born to Jennifer and Nhil Dado in July 2007. They had been excitedly preparing for the arrival of their child who would be welcomed at home by big brother Jonathan and big sister Madison. However, excitement quickly turned to concern when right after he was born they were told the newborn was hemorrhaging and needed to be resuscitated. Unfortunately, Zack’s kidneys never recovered from this nightmare.

Zack spent the next seven years growing up like other little boys, but he did tire more quickly than his friends. In May 2014, Jennifer and Nhil were told Zack would need a kidney transplant for continued growth and development to occur, and ultimately for his long-term survival. By October, Zack’s kidneys were close to failing and the search began to find a kidney donor match. Zack was put on regional and national registries and family members and friends also stepped up to be tested, but a match could not be found due to Zack’s antibodies. Continue reading
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