A Lafayette mother is once again giving her daughter the gift of life by donating her kidney to her.
WDSU reports 12-year-old Alyse Naquin was in need of a kidney after struggling with kidney disease for nearly two years, which entailed 10 hours of dialysis every day.
She was put on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, and her parents were both tested to see if they were donor matches. According to the report, both parents were compatible, which is said to be a rare occurrence.
It was decided that Alyse’s mom, Melissa Naquin, would undergo the surgery for her daughter.
The surgery proved to be a success. Alyse described not being on dialysis and eating whatever she wants post surgery as “awesome.” She says, “It’s like a whole new life.”
Alyse tells WDSU she plans on being a doctor or nurse practitioner when she grows up as a way of giving back.
In light of the family’s struggle, they have raised more than $25,000 for kidney disease research.
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