Baby Was Born ‘8 Months Pregnant,’ Then Doctors Checked Inside Her.
Everyday people in the country are waiting for the hope someone will help them live a better life. There are countless individuals living with an illness or disease keeping them bedridden. For many, the only option to survive is through an organ transplant.
According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, a patient is added to the national organ transplant waiting list every 10 minutes. Yet, approximately 21 people die everyday waiting for a transplant. Unfortunately, there is a shortage of organs despite the fact that complete strangers can save another person’s life.
One family did not have to look very far to save their daughter when she needed a kidney transplant. Paul Rybkwin and Karen Rodas had a baby boy who died within 36 hours of his birth due to a rare disorder in 2012 so they knew too well the importance of a transplant.
Madeline was born on November 7, 2013. She was born prematurely at 33 weeks gestation.
Doctors had suggested to the couple to terminate the pregnancy at 20 weeks as the baby's likelihood to have the same rare genetic disorder was high.
Madeline like her baby brother was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD).
ARPKD form large water-filled cysts in the kidneys, stopping the organ from functioning normally. Both Karen and Paul carry the recessive gene causing ARPKD.
While pregnant the couple were confident their baby girl would be born without the disease.
"We thought our chances were good that our next baby would be healthy," says Karen.
When Madeline was born she was hooked to a ventilator to allow her lung tissues to develop.
They realized their daughter would also be needing a kidney transplant. "It was not a matter of if, it was a matter of when," explains Karen.
Both parents were tested and Paul turned out to be the perfect match.
"It was one of the happiest moments of my life, there are so many people out there that suffer and wait for a transplant, and they suffer the entire time they are waiting," says Paul.
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