In the words of the Eckert family

At the age of 2, Jadyn became ill with pneumonia and her kidneys shut down. Her family and care team anxiously awaited kidney function to return, but after Jadyn was on dialysis for a year and a half, doctors at Levine Children’s Hospital explored the option of a kidney transplant. Miraculously, Jadyn’s dad was a match. They underwent the transplant in 2009, and Jadyn named her new kidney, “Buddy.”

Post transplant, Jadyn has thrived. She has traded in half a dozen medications for two anti-rejection medications and no longer requires a feeding tube because she is now in the 50th percentile for growth. Prior to surgery, Jadyn was under the fifth percentile!

Eckert Family - Laura, Michael, and Jadyn
Laura, Michael and Jadyn Eckert

Jadyn still visits the lab for visits and is regularly monitored by her nephrology team. Otherwise, this princess-loving young gymnast and dancer is back to the busy life of being a six-year-old and a “big” sis to little brother Miles.

To learn more about pediatric nephrology visit the Pediatric Nephrology Program .

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