By Dustyn Deerman and Adam Atchison Published: December 31, 2014, 7:00 am Updated: December 31, 2014, 11:44 am
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – Just looking at his sweet little smile, you would never be able to tell this 5-year-old was dealing with heartbreaking health issues.
Conner Morenus has a rare genetic kidney disease called Nephronophthesis, which requires him to have a kidney transplant. Currently, with his kidneys only functioning at 25 percent, he has to be fed nightly through a feeding tube and requires a minimum of five different medications and two shots on a daily basis.
As a result of this disease, Conner’s ability to grow and gain weight has been a fight. Due to his young age and size, he will be undergoing the kidney transplant at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
His projected surgery date will be in the summer of 2015. Tanya, Conner’s mother, has undergone all the necessary testing and evaluations approving her as Conner’s donor.
Conner will be hospitalized approximately three weeks, but will be required to stay in Palo Alto for up to 12 weeks. These extra health costs are not covered by his health insurance.
Family and friends of the Morenus family have set up a website using Fundly, asking for donations to help them with the recovery costs.
With the money leftover from all the donations, the Morenus family will donate to another family going through a similar situation.
For more information or to donate, please visit their website.