After three years on the waiting list, Fallon Steeves from Pansy finally has a functioning kidney.
The transplant surgery took place on April 28th, just a couple of weeks before her 14th birthday.
Her mom Sharon says it is great to have Fallon home, recovering from the initial transplant surgery which was followed by another surgery to repair internal bleeding in the new organ.
“She’ll probably need three kidneys in her whole lifetime,” Sharon adds.
Transplanted kidneys do not last a lifetime, but she is hopeful Fallon will get many great years out of this one.
“Apparently, a transplanted kidney only lasts around 20 years... maybe. That was news to me,” says Sharon.
While Fallon has a long road ahead of her, the family is grateful for this incredible gift.
“We are very thankful to the donor family,” Sharon says. “I don't know who they are, but whoever that donor family is, I would love to give a hug to, because they've given my daughter a chance that she wouldn't normally have.”
Fallon celebrated her birthday in hospital and is now getting settled into the routine of taking anti-rejection medication at various times of day, as well as drinking a lot of water.
This happy-go-lucky teen is looking forward to being able to go on bike rides, stay up late, and eat foods that have been restricted for the past three years.
-With files from Carly Koop