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Country’s youngest kidney transplant recipient | Trinidad Express Newspaper | News

By Carolyn Kissoon

Story Created: Jul 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM ECT

Story Updated: Jul 29, 2014 at 9:57 PM ECT

The Express highlighted Nyron Ramcharan’s case back in 2010, when his mother, Nanda Ramcharan, donated one of her kidneys to save his life.

Nyron became the country’s youngest kidney transplant recipient, as he was only nine at the time of the surgery.

The mother and son were described as advocates for higher donor awareness among the population, as there are still dozens more children and adults waiting for a chance at a normal life.

As she told her story with her son, Ramcharan thanked God for the chance to save her child.

She thanked the people and the doctors who made it possible and called on fellow citizens to reach out and make a difference in the life of another through the National Organ Transplant Unit.

Ramcharan told the Express that  Nyron’s renal failure came at two years of age, after a series of unexplained high fevers.

When his doctor informed the family that a kidney transplant would be his only chance at a normal life, they were at a loss but determined to make it happen.

“It seemed so out of reach at the time,” Ramcharan had said.

“He kept getting sicker and needed regular dialysis. That went on for about 14 months, by which time less than 50 per cent one of one of his kidney’s was functioning.”

Nyron continued to live through dialysis while his barely functioning kidney failed more every day.

Then tests were done to determine compatibility and the transplant from mother to son was performed.

“Actually, how it was done is that one of my kidneys was attached to one of Nyron’s,” Ramcharan had explained.

“He is such an inquisitive child and was so happy about receiving a kidney. He actually learned a lot during the past year because he was always asking questions,” she said.

Nyron responded back in 2010.

“I feel great that my Mum did this for me and I want to say thanks to her. And thanks to all the people at the hospital.”

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