HOPE for KATE
Katlin Plemmons woke up to a day that she imagined to be another beautiful day. After climbing out of bed and walking across the room, she quickly realized something was terribly wrong. The excruciating pain from her feet radiated up her legs, and she was unable to walk. She called out in distress to her Mom, Amy. When Amy entered the room, she saw a look of confusion and pain on Katlin’s face and then looked down and saw her swollen feet. This day would be the first of many to Brenner Children’s Hospital. After several days in the hospital, her condition became worse with extreme fluid retention in her body. Upon peering at her reflection in the bathroom mirror, she was shocked at what she saw.
October 4, 2021
Katlin’s kidney’s completely failed on Sept 22. We went to Brenner’s Childrens Hospital due to dangerously high blood pressure. She began having seizures. They moved her into the ICU and began numerous tests to determine what was going on. Tests proved what we had been dreading – her kidneys had done all they could do, she was now in “End Stage Kidney Failure”. Surgery was done to place a dialysis port in her chest along with yet another kidney biopsy. She now begins the very difficult journey of life on dialysis while awaiting a kidney donor. We very much appreciate all the continued prayers and support.
July 27, 2021
PRAISE THE LORD, GREAT NEWS!!!
Received the call we have been anxiously waiting for – Katlin IS APPROVED for the transplant list. At this time she will be considered “status 7-inactive”. There are a few reasons for the inactive status. They are awaiting some approval from insurance and she has some additional vaccines to get. They may want her to visit endocrinology (to review the abnormal nodes she has to evaluate if they need to be removed) and gastro to make sure her feeding tube and IBS issues are under control.
Ultimately her kidney doctor (Dr Linn) that has been caring for her these 4 years will get the say so in determining the actual move from “inactive” to “active” status.
I was told that any of the individuals seeking to be tested as a live donor need to go ahead and get their applications submitted. If you or someone you know would like to receive an application to be a donor (or a paired donor) let me know ASAP. They said it could take 2-4 months to get a live donor ready for transplant once “matched”. This is exciting but terrifying at the same time. We appreciate ALL the prayers.
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September 26, 2021
Praying for you and your doctors.
September 25, 2021
Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.
July 27, 2021
God bless you!!
May 29, 2021
Kate, so happy to see that things are progressing along. I think about you every day when I am at school. Praying for you constantly and looking forward to a time when I see your smiling face in the halls at West. Please stay in touch if you guys need anything. Take care.