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Lafayette mother donates kidney to 12-year-old daughter

Posted at 8:24 PM, Jan 05, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-05 22:32:27-05

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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