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children, but even if it had been taken off the table I’d still have donated because I couldn’t imagine not doing this for her,” she says.
As it turned out, Grace was a perfect match and to her relief, her doctor also showed her overwhelming data that a woman with one kidney could safely bring a child to full-term.
On August 20, Grace and Lily went into surgery. Steph was warned there was always a risk the transplanted kidney might not work at the same efficiency.
“Initially we hoped the donated kidney would sit around the 50 per cent functionality mark,” she reveals. “But Lily was lucky; within a couple of weeks it was at 70 per cent.” Within a week the girls were back at home and Lily’s kidney function improved to 80 per cent, where it’s remained. The seizures have also stopped and her mental clarity has returned.
Steph says she feels extremely grateful every day for her daughter’s miraculous recovery. WHAT IS IT?