Condition: Kidney Malfunction
City, State: Bend, OR
Club: Higland Magnet School Sparrow Club Service Hours: 632
Date Adopted: 12/15/2017
Taylor is an active little baby boy. You would never know all that he’s been thru in his short life. He was born with severe dilation of the left kidney. At two months old, he underwent surgery at Doernbecher Children's Hospital in Portland to correct a UPJ obstruction, a blockage caused by a narrowing of the area between the ureter and kidney. He needed this operation to prevent further damage and improve kidney function.
The surgery was successful, but unfortunately Taylor later developed a kidney infection as a complication from surgery. On June 5, 2017, his parents knew something was wrong with him and took him to the ER in Bend. Blood work showed that his electrolyte levels were critical and potentially life-threatening. Taylor was then life-flighted in the middle of the night to the Pediatric ICU at Randall Children's Hospital at Legacy Emanuel in Portland. Taylor's electrolyte levels normalized within days. The infection had temporarily caused the alarming changes in his electrolytes, but an amazing team of specialists got everything under control.
Since then, Taylor has been healthy and happy. However, his kidney is still not draining optimally and may require a second surgery to reduce the risk of future kidney infections and complications. He will see his urologist at Doernbecher Children’s Hospital on December 13th for further evaluation. This journey has been an extremely stressful time for Taylor’s family, both emotionally and financially. Taylor has had countless medical tests and procedures relating to his kidneys – many of which are very expensive.
Despite everything he’s faced, at nine months old, Taylor is a happy, smiley and active little baby boy. He’s standing now and can walk hanging on to furniture or mom and dad. He loves to explore! He enjoys books, all his toys, and playing peek-a-boo. The family dog is his favorite furry friend.
Sparrow Cash raised for Taylor will help with ongoing medical expenses and everyday living expenses. Students at Highland School will “earn” Sparrow Cash by completing a minimum of 256 hours of sponsored community service.