“When Blaze was just 4-years old, our doctor was concerned about her swollen stomach and he immediately referred her to the Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital where she was diagnosed with failing kidneys and liver serositis. We were also told that she had a mass in her stomach and a swollen spleen and that Blaze required a new kidney to survive. Our lives started taking a different shape as we visited the Hospital often, our journey was draining, and very uncertain,” Blaze’s dad, Byron.
“7 years later, the treatment started failing and Blaze’s liver was shrinking. At this point Blaze was in dire need of a liver and kidney transplant – a double transplant which happens once every 10 years. She had less than 6 months to live. Our whole family prayed and believed that the transplants would be made available.”
While they waited anxiously, her parents had exciting news to share with Blaze – they were expecting another baby. “We couldn’t explain our emotions as we experienced happiness and sadness at the same time, it was crazy.”, says Blaze’s father. The family felt as if their unexpected pregnancy was a form of comfort and healing for Blaze as she always wanted a little sister or a brother.
Suddenly all the pieces started to come together, the news brought unspeakable joy to Blaze and simultaneously, the transplant organs became available for her. The operation took place in February this year and she now has a fully functioning liver and extra kidney. Her father stopped working to look after her and her family is overjoyed, and tears fill their eyes each time they think about their journey and the moments that once looked like defeat.
“She had six months to live and now my daughter will be fine again!”