Late November 2017, GG began to have abnormal swelling and was admitted to Children's Hospital for evaluation. She was diagnosed with nephrotic syndrome. This condition is not a disease in itself; rather, it is a group of symptoms indicating kidney damage. The normal filtering system of the kidneys become damaged causing the release of too much protien from the body into the urine. Thus resulting in abnormal swelling. Initial treatments were promising however, Gabby had another flare up of symptoms in late December. Her condition continued to worsen despite treatment. Gabby and her mom spent a month in the hospital.
Gabby was finally diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) and end stage renal disease. FSGS is a rare kidney disease which causes some sections of the kidney to become seriously and irreversibly scarred. Due to the end stage renal disease, GG will need a kidney transplant by the end of the year. GG is currently undergoing regular pediatric dialysis three times a week. Gabby's name cannot be added to the list of kidney candidates until she turns 2 yrs old in July.
With their faith in God and all the prayers from family and friends, Gabby and her mom will make it through this rough period. Unfortunately, with this hardship comes medical expenses not covered by insurance. This fund will help to pay for ongoing medical expenses, and if possible, in-home nursing care to assist with the administration of medications and home dialysis treatments that GG will need. All contributions are greatly appreciated.
For more information on nephrotic syndrome please visit www.nephcure.org.
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