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We're thrilled to report that Teddy received his transplant on July 18, 2013!
At his mom’s 20-week ultrasound, doctors could see there was a problem with his kidneys, but they couldn’t tell how severe the problem was. When he was just six days old, Teddy’s parents learned he was in kidney failure and would need a kidney transplant. Once he was added to the transplant waiting list, but he had to wait until he gained enough weight to sustain the operation.
For this precious boy, life can be tough. His little body has been working so hard to stay alive, that he didn’t have the energy left to grow or learn how to crawl, like other babies. However, he does enjoy snuggling, listening to stories and a game of peek-a-boo.
Teddy’s mom, dad, big brother and big sister are so excited to see him feel better. It was hard for the family to watch Teddy throw up multiple times every day, and it’s stressful for everyone when they’re separated days at a time due to his frequent hospitalizations. The Reid family looks forward to the day when Teddy is happy, healthy and able to run and play with his siblings. But right now, they need your help.
The average kidney transplant costs nearly $250,000. Even with health insurance, which will cover a portion of the transplant, he still faces significant medical expenses related to the surgery. He will need a lifetime of follow-up care and daily anti-rejection medications. These medications are very costly, and they’re as important to his survival as the transplant itself.
When they travel to the hospital for evaluations and check-ups, the family incurs substantial expenses, as they live more than 100 miles away, adding to the financial strain.
You can help by making a tax-deductible donation to NFT in honor of Teddy. If you'd prefer to send your gift by mail, please send it to the NFT Iowa Transplant Fund, 5350 Poplar Avenue, Suite 430, Memphis, TN 38119. Please be sure to write "in honor of Teddy Reid" on the memo line.
Thank you for your generosity!
Patient Health Institute: *[University of Iowa Children’s Hospital|http://www.uichildrens.org/]*