GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) April is Organ Donation Awareness Month. The push for awareness can help infants, children, and teens in West Michigan.
The Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital pediatric nephrology team provide a complete range of diagnosis and treatments, including dialysis and kidney transplant for infants, children and adolescents with kidney and urinary tract disorders. They have been recognized four years in a row by U.S. News & World Report as one of best programs in the country.
The kidneys filter blood, removing waste and extra water from the blood and sending them to the bladder. They also balance chemicals like sodium and potassium, make hormones for bone growth, regulate blood pressure and help to make red blood cells.
Kidney transplantation is an operation that replaces a non-functioning kidney with a healthy kidney. It does not cure kidney disease. A kidney transplantation can make life easier for patients with some kidney diseases by ending the need for dialysis.
Reasons for Pediatric Kidney Transplant include:
While a kidney transplant is not a cure, a successful transplant can change a child’s life in many positive ways. While the child and his or her family will have to carefully follow a new routine of medications and follow-up care, it offers the child the best chance to:
Increase strength, energy and stamina
Offer a more normal lifestyle and easier daily living
Allow a normal diet and normal fluid intake
Gain freedom from discontinued need for dialysis
Reduce high blood pressure medication
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