Growing up, 19-year-old Wade Washington knew he’d one day need a kidney transplant. The question was never if, but when.
“I never really knew what normal was,” said Washington. “I was born with chronic kidney disease, and so it was what I was used to.”
As a child, Washington’s condition was manageable, but as he grew up his condition worsened. As Washington hit puberty, his kidneys began to fail.
“Wade was born with renal dysplasia, a congenital malformation of his kidneys,” said Dr. Andre Dick, surgical director of the Kidney Transplant Program at Seattle Children’s. “Once he entered puberty, his kidneys couldn’t meet his body’s metabolic demand. We knew he’d need a transplant.” Read full post »