An Arlington mother gives a kidney to her young daughter, suffering from a rare disease.
Wired PR News – An Arlington mother has donated a kidney to her young daughter, who was born with a rare disease and expected to need a transplant since birth. As reported by CBS 11 News, Beth McLean a Cook Children’s Medical Center nurse, donated the organ to her daughter Carolyn, who has suffered from Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (ARPKD) since she was born. Due to her condition, Carolyn’s kidneys were reportedly three times the size they were supposed to be.
Beth McLean is quoted in the report as stating of her daughter’s birth, “The specialist they sent us to recommended we terminate the pregnancy. He said there was no reason to continue because she wouldn’t live.” She is further quoted as stating of her daughter’s need for a transplant, “I decided way back then, I wanted to be the one to do it. And, we’ve just been waiting all these years.”
As noted by CBS 11, Carolyn’s surgeon has said that she will be required to take anti-rejection medications throughout her life, but will be able to lead a normal one following the successful life-saving surgery.