Abraham A.

Condition: End Stage Renal Disease
City, State: Bend, OR
Club: Highland Elementary School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 409
Date Adopted: 9/20/2013

Abraham's Story:

Abraham was born 4 weeks prematurely and not breathing. He was placed on a ventilator and eventually stabilized after a few days. His parents were able to bring him home a few weeks later.

It was at about 2 ½ months when Abraham’s mother noticed that Abraham was losing weight. At 3 months, he began vomiting blood and broke out in a rash covering his body. He was taken to the emergency room and his parents were told that he was dehydrated and he was making no urine. His kidneys had stopped working.

The family was sent to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland. Doctors determined that Abraham had End Stage Renal Disease and Denys Drash Syndrome. He was placed on dialysis and doctors did further tests. It was then determined that Abraham carried a gene that put him at high risk for cancer and doctors advised that he would need to have both kidneys removed.

Abraham underwent surgery in July of 2012. In the summer of 2013, he spent two months in Portland and underwent 6 different surgeries to remove old catheters and put in new ones so he can continue his daily dialysis treatments at home. He had one emergency surgery as well when doctors discovered problems with his liver and intestines and he began to experience internal bleeding.

Abraham is finally old enough to receive a kidney transplant. At present, doctors are working together to review his case and be sure he is prepared to receive one. They hope to get Abraham on the list for a transplant within the next month. From that point, it is a waiting game - as no one knows how long it will take. In the meantime, he visits his doctors once a month and receives daily dialysis treatments at home. He must not become ill. If he does, it means an immediate trip to Portland for treatment.

He loves to spend time playing with cars and trains and watching Mickey Mouse on TV. He is learning to walk and enjoys experiencing the world from a two year old’s eyes.

Sparrow Cash raised for Abraham will be used towards ongoing medical expenses and his upcoming kidney transplant.

Thank you to The Delgado Family for providing the Club Sponsorship that the students at Highland School will “earn” for Abraham by completing hours of community service.




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