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My name is Shelby Rosengren and I am 29 years. Following a completely healthy, low-risk, pregnancy, my water broke at 36 and a half weeks and Owen Thomas made his debut into the world. I wish I could say all went well and we went straight home to celebrate our first Christmas together as a family of three. Sadly, that wasn’t the case. Owen was immediately taken away and transferred to a different hospital to undergo a cooling treatment to slow down some of the trauma done during labor and birth. He’s perfect now but my struggles have continued. After losing nearly 3L of blood, gaining 20 pounds, and spending two days at the original hospital I was transferred to the same hospital as Owen. On Christmas Eve, we found out I was in kidney failure.

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April 23, 2020

Hello anyone who see this! It's been a while and a lot has been going on.

My Dad is going to give me one of his kidneys. We finally got it narrowed down and he was approved back in February. We quickly scheduled a transplant date, April 15. Obviously that has come and gone. COVID-19 has postponed the transplant indefinitely. We are hopeful that the transplant will be done this summer but there is just no way to know. UW Madison will determine when it's safest to resume Living Donor Transplants.

Until then, we are surviving quarantine the best we can. Soaking up all this time together.

Stay safe everyone and stay healthy!

October 28, 2019

Hello everyone and thank you for visiting our fundraising page!

Things are going well on the home front. Shelby is doing Peritoneal dialysis at home every night while she sleeps and it gives her the whole day to be with and take care of Owen.

Testing for live donors has begun and on Wednesday we will get the results of Dad and Erin's testing and we'll find out if either are a viable candidate and match for Shelby.

We are very much looking forward to the next few months and hope they bring BIG changes!

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July 17, 2020

Congratulations Shelby on your transplant ! My name is David and I\'m also a transplant recipient. Mine was a whole liver.... HHL is still helping me a year later after having some complications due to sensitivity to some of my meds but don\'t you worry about anything like that. Everyone is unique.
I\'m happy for you and yours and am praying for your continuing health.
What a miracle it is to be free of dialysis. I too suffered kidney failure but in my case I recovered from that one. I just wanted to say Hello and give you encouragement during the early (first year) transition. The steroids and immunosuppressive drug dosages will eventually be cut down over time so just hang in there and keep smiling for you are a living miracle.
God Bless you, your Dad and the rest of your family.
All my best,
David Simpson

David Simpson

July 15, 2020

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Danielle Petros

June 28, 2020

Hi Shelby,

My son Derrick Grimm is on here.

I was looking up random pages on this site to see what other people’s pages looked like.

How are you doing? How is your baby?

Your fellow Shelby,
Shelby ;)

Shelby Berry