Nephrology

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‘I Can’t Wait to Swim!’ | How a Kidney Transplant Changed the Possibilities for 4-Year-Old Stella

4-year-old Stella Allison underwent a kidney transplant in early 2022 at Seattle Children’s

“She has so much more energy and is eating so much more. She is also moving and walking more than she ever did.”

 

Four-year-old Stella Allison has always loved telling jokes and playing dress up.

With energy that is contagious and a smile that lights up a room, her mom Kyley Barthlow says Stella has grown into a high-spirited and chatty child – but was born a real fighter.

 

 

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Dr. Kevin Koo’s Relentless Pursuit of Innovation Helps Children on Dialysis Find More Freedom

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Dr. Kevin Koo is an interventional radiologist at Seattle Children’s.

When a child is diagnosed with kidney failure, it can feel daunting and surreal. Often, patients feel like their life is put on hold. A child whose kidneys do not work normally may need dialysis to filter waste and extra fluids from the blood and, for those who suffer from kidney failure, dialysis is required. Dialysis is a lifesaving treatment, but it is also life-altering. Patients who need dialysis are on hemodialysis three to five times a week, a total of up to 12 to 20 hours per week.

Dialysis is a lifeline and bridge for many waiting for a kidney transplant, but it can take months or even years before an organ is available.

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