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Melissa and Andrew Need Your Help!

Melissa Schons Bishop, age 46, and her son Andrew, age 12, both suffer from the effects of a rare genetic disorder called Barakat’s Syndrome. Approximately 1 in 1 million are afflicted with this syndrome, which causes major medical issues including hearing loss, poor vision, dental problems, hypoparathyroidism, and worst of all, kidney failure. Both mother and child are currently in end-stage renal failure and in need of lifesaving kidney transplants. Melissa is currently on dialysis, receiving treatment 3 times a week. Andrew is expected to start dialysis in the near future. Both have active status on transplant lists and require kidney transplants as soon as possible.

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December 21, 2015

Posted by Andrew’s Grandmother, Dian Schons

Andy is home!!! He is doing wonderfully. Takes 16 different medications twice a day, but he is doing fantastic. Learning about the side effects and how to manage them. We are looking forward to seeing one another over the holidays. We have so very grateful to the family who donated the kidney. We will never be able to pay them back! Many, many blessings to everyone who has so generously supported us. Please offer special prayers for the donor and their family. Merry Christmas to all. Can’t wait to see Andy in person over the holiday season!!!

December 12, 2015

Andrew Bishop received his new kidney yesterday, December 11, in Tampa. We are all so grateful for the love and support shown to our family.
Andrew is doing fine, the surgery went very well, and his new kidney is beginning to function and give Andrew a new life.

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