Help A Mother Save Her Son.

$7,250 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 112 people in 30 months
Robert Morris
on behalf of Robert Morris
 DOVER, DE
Imagine being born sick. From the very first moment that you entered the world, you had to fight to survive. IVs were inserted, blood was drawn from your thin veins. An endotracheal tube was slid into your airway and bright lights aimed at your tiny, frail body, piercing your virgin eyes. Minutes before you were warm and safe, tucked inside of your mother. But even in the womb you weren't safe. The fluid that had surrounded you for the past seven months had depleted and was now gone, allowing the walls around you to become tight and compress your body. Your heart rate began to slow and it became hard to move. Your blood pressure dropping and your kidneys failing. On the outside, doctors decide that your only chance of survival is a nearly three month early delivery.  


This is the true story of my son's birth. He spent most of his first year of life in the hospital. Today he is a little over two years old. For the most part, he is able to live at home with only occasional hospital stays. The only problem is that now he is in stage 5 renal failure. He spends ten hours a day connected to a dialysis machine. The other fourteen hours are spent taking medications, receiving injections, along with physical, occupational, and speech therapy due to his weak muscles. His father created a GoFundMe.com fund-raiser because we have been given a gift. I have been found to be a perfect match to donate Roman a kidney. I have been given the opportunity to improve my child's quality of life greatly! For the first time in Roman's life he will be able to wake up and feel normal. His stomach won't churn, causing terrible reflux and vomiting, his little legs won't cramp as he tries to stand, and he'll know what it feels like to be healthy. Please help us raise the money we need to support our family through this very tough time and become part of the community who helped save our son's life.







These are only a few pictures of our son. We wanted to show everyone that even through all the adversity and pain he deals with everyday, he is still an amazing happy individual. We want to share his happyness with all of you. 

Our goal is for the transplant to take place in December. Roman still only weighs around 20 pounds right now and he needs to weigh at least 22 pounds for the surgery. Its is extremely hard for him to gain and maintain any weight because he doesn't eat by mouth and tends to vomit often. This is due to his failing kidneys and the fluctuating levels in his blood. Hopefully our son has gained enough by December. For now we are going to do whatever it takes to raise the money we need for any medical bills, household bills, and for any extra medical care Roman will need following the transplant.  We will both be out of work durring this time, her recovery could take up to 3 months and my son may endure a several month stay in the hospital as well. So we need everyones help, support, and prayers.

95% of the Donations will be received by our family. 5% is taken by this site.

All of the information about the Kidney Transplant and what we are about can be found at www.aKidneyForRoman.org. More information about Roman's History, his story, links to pictures, videos and more can be found at www.RomanMorris.org. We will keep everyone who follows his page at  http://www.facebook.com/RomanMorrisFightingForLife, up to date with information and fundraisers and much more. Thank you for sharing your time with our family and supporting our son.
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Ok everyone, I'm sorry to keep you all waiting. So we went to John hopkins last week. The hospital was massive, like no hospital we had ever been to before. It was immaculate and if you didn't know any better you'd sware you were in an airport or shopping mall. We got to meet with the transplant team. The pediatric nephrologist, social worker, pediatric psychologist, and transplant coordinator. We were also scheduled to meet the surgeon but he was called in to do a transplant and the urologist was unavailable. We had a really good first impression of the team. It was well organized and they all came to us instead of us having to find them throughout the hospital. They explained the whole transplant process and went through what all of the follow-up care would involve. They were excited that I was a match and that all of my testing was finished. They are willing to accept most of our work up from dupont and would only require their own tissue typing tests for roman and for me to have a physical there. After transplant he would be in the hospital for a minimum of 2 weeks and they said that since he has such bad chronic lung disease to not be surprised if he is on the ventilator for up to a week. They said he may even gain 10-20 pounds in fluid weight during this time bc their main goal is to hydrate the kidney. Once discharged, he would have to return 2x a week for blood work but only for the first 3 months. After that we could return to dupont for labs and care if we choose since it's closer. Another positive was that they taper off the steriods after transplant so he won't be on them forever unlike dupont. Steriods have lots of nasty side effects so this is a big positive. They also mentioned that they would want to do a endoscopy surgery on Roman's bladder before transplant to make sure it was big enough to hold urine from a functioning kidney since he has reflux in both of his current kidneys. We thought that this was a great idea and wondered why dupont had never thought of it. If his bladder is too small then the urine can damage his new kidney. So overall we were impressed and they seemed like they were more current in their practices. For now we are continuing care at dupont bc it's closer but really considering hopkins for the transplant. A big thank you to everyone for your continued support and prayers!
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We finally received a phone call we've been praying for. John Hopkins will accept Roman's insurance afterall!! This gives us the opportunity to meet a new set of doctors, nurses and transplant staff with fresh, open minds. For those who don't know about our many struggles with a.i., please know that this may be our answer! The past 7 months have been very frustrating. Romans first appointment is February 17, so we both have time to get healthy and finish our testing at a.i in the mean time. Roman spent the first 5 months of his life in a John hopkins NICU, so we are very excited and relieved to have been given this opportunity !!!
First day at school/daycare.
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From Amy (Roman's Mother):

I finally received a call from Roman's
transplant coordinator today regarding my test results. She said all of my testing has come back perfect and I'm cleared for the FINAL test which will be a CT scan with contrast dye! This is used to see all of the blood vessels connected to my kidneys, to make sure there are no surprises once they open me up. I will have this study done on Sept 16, which is also Romans next nephrology appointment. Next week I am meeting with the adult nephrologist just to get my official clearance and then all that's left is to meet the surgeon. I will have to drive to Philadelphia to meet him. Now we just need Roman to gain weight! Getting this boy is gain weight is such a difficult task. Roman also had labs drawn yesterday to see how the dialysis is working. They showed that it's not working as well as it needs to because his kidney function labs are elevated. In attempt to fix them, he now will be on dialysis for 11 hours a day instead of 10. So gaining these last couple of pounds would be a huge weight off of our shoulders :(
Riding with his pop pop!
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Thank you WBOC for running our story. You guys did an incredible job.

http://www.wboc.com/clip/11762127/cheswold-mother-to-donate-kidney-to-son
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Linda Miller
29 months ago

Love and Prayers Always for Sweet Roman, his brave Mommy ,his Wonderful Daddy and all his loved ones!!! Stay Strong and Always Believe!!! :-) ♥

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Rhonda Minge Piland
30 months ago

Romans' father is a very special person, I hope and pray for the best for this innocent child and pray for his parents. I love you Robert, God Bless.

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Raised by 112 people in 30 months
Created August 5, 2015
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Jaron Foster
5 months ago

I will keep your family in my prayers.

RG
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Radford Garrison
10 months ago

Wish I had much more to give!!!

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Anonymous
13 months ago
DI
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Darryl Ivey
15 months ago

Keeping this precious boy in my prayers.

Linda Miller
29 months ago

Love and Prayers Always for Sweet Roman, his brave Mommy ,his Wonderful Daddy and all his loved ones!!! Stay Strong and Always Believe!!! :-) ♥

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Rhonda Minge Piland
30 months ago

Romans' father is a very special person, I hope and pray for the best for this innocent child and pray for his parents. I love you Robert, God Bless.

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