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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.

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July 27, 2021

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.

May 26, 2021

Another answered prayer! Got a call yesterday to set up our first visit with Kate’s transplant team. We will be at the hospital all day June 14th to meet with the social worker, financial coordinator, transplant coordinator, attend an educational class, and meet the surgeon. I’m not sure what to expect. So glad we finally got this call. Our prayer now is that we can be approved for transplant and start the match finding process.

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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.

Allison Barnes

May 6, 2021

We will continue to be thinking about you and your family - and praying for you often. -Jim, Leigh, Beth, Julie and Jimmy

Leigh Davis

May 6, 2021

"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him." Lamentations 3:25 Let your light shine, Kate <3 -Michael & Jalita Eaton

Jalita Eaton