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After Two Years of Dialysis, Kidney Donation Transforms a Young Boy’s Life

Kidney Recipient

Caleb was born with prune belly syndrome, a serious birth defect that caused his kidneys to fail. A year later, the infant started dialysis and to stay alive he had to endure dialysis for ten hours every day for two years.  

When Caleb was three, Caleb's mom, Monica, donated a kidney to him. He is now a thriving boy and is becoming more independent in taking his medications. Caleb was also born with cerebral palsy and needs a walker for mobility.  In spite of these challenges, he has participated in the Marine Corps Marathon Healthy Kids Run two years in a row.  He enjoys T-ball and “all things superheroes.”  

Caleb's story is courtesy of Caleb’s mother Monica.

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