|Transplant recipient eyes better days |
|Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 9:02 pm |
Kathalina “Lina” Moore
While many girls were scurrying to find that perfect dress for the prom, Obion County junior Kathalina “Lina” Moore was at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville getting a new kidney.
Almost two years after being diagnosed with Stage 5 kidney disease, Lina is a couple of more doctor visits and one surgery away from hopefully dealing with the end of a successful kidney transplant.
Lina, who lives in the No. 7 community near Rives, will have surgery next week to remove her peritoneal dialysis port. For the most part, the battle is over for this rising senior who likes to sign songs at her church.
She is counting on a normal senior year and she wants to avoid what she has been through during this past year.
The ordeal started May 29, 2012, with the diagnosis and two immediate surgeries to hook Lina up with two ports.
Lina was rushed to the emergency room May 29 and had to have a hemodialysis port placed in her chest in order to do dialysis immediately. In June 2012, she traded the hemodialysis port for a peritoneal dialysis port in her stomach.
“Months of pain and sickness came down to something better,” Lina said. “I was able to do dialysis at home instead of going to a dialysis center to sit in a chair for four hours straight every other day. The only disadvantage to peritoneal dialysis is having to be home by 8 every night to hook up to the machine for nine hours.”
This past February, Lina underwent a series of tests and was placed on Vanderbilt Medical Center’s kidney transplant list. She had to wait almost three weeks before Vanderbilt found a donor.
“I had 12 hours to get to Nashville once I got that call,” Lina said.
They quickly prepped Lina for the transplant and performed the life-saving operation.
“I had to stay in the hospital about five days to see if my body accepted the donated kidney, and then I had to stay near the hospital for about six weeks,” she said. “The doctors will keep a check on me to make sure the donated kidney is still going strong and nothing is going on in my body that doesn’t need to happen.”
As a fundraiser to help with Lina’s medical expenses, Amedysis Home Health Services, Asericare Hospice, Health South/Cane Creek Rehabilitation Hospital, Extendicare Home Health and Greenbrier Meadows Assisted Living have teamed up to help sponsor Circus Day — with carnival games and food — Friday at Greenbrier Meadows at 436 Hannings Lane in Martin.
Adult tickets are $10 each, while children ages 12 and younger will be admitted for $5 each. Tickets are available for the times of 10 a.m.-noon and noon-2 p.m.
Published in The Messenger 5.23.13