My wife, Judy, and I have the incredible opportunity of fostering children. Not just any children, but those struggling with serious health complications and diseases. It is a challenge, but an equally fulfilling privilege.
My son, Delton, was only 7 days old when he was transferred to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital for progressive renal failure and cystic kidneys. Then, an ultrasound revealed he had bilateral renal cystic dysplasia. He remained at Texas Children’s for 112 days, and during that time he had multiple urinary tract infections, a jejunal web resection and feeding intolerances.
In October 2009, less than a year later, his chronic kidney disease had progressed to end stage renal disease, so he was admitted again to start peritoneal dialysis. He remained on dialysis for a year, making monthly visits to the peritoneal clinic, but his condition worsened. In August of 2010, Delton was placed on the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) kidney donor list.
16 months later, on February 16, 2012 — our Delton received his new kidney. The surgery lasted approximately 5 hours, as his kidney was implanted intraperitoneally. Delton stayed in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) for 11 days with tachypnea and hypervolemia before transferring to the transplant floor. Once he stabilized, Delton was ready to come home. He was discharged on March 16, exactly one month after his operation.
Judy and I are in awe of the Transplant Services team at Texas Children’s Hospital. We owe them sincere gratitude and credit them for saving our son’s life. He still keeps us busy — but now it’s with his active, car enthusiast, inquisitive nature!