Baby Teddy Needs a Transplant - ABC5 News Des Moines, IA

Baby Teddy Needs a Transplant

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By Jessica Daley

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@TheDaleyReport

Teddy Reid looks like a happy, healthy baby, but he's been sick since before he was even born.

The 16-month-old scoots around and has a great throwing arm. Then you see the feeding pump attached to him. He can't eat anything orally. It's just one of the side effects of having failing kidneys.

"We he gets up we check his weight and we check his blood pressure and we do meds, and we get his feeding pump started," explained his mother Sarah.

At Sarah Reid's 20-week ultrasound, Teddy's kidneys were too big and the swelling never went down. He was born with end stage renal disease and at just a week old, he had his first surgery. Eleven more followed over the next 16 months.

"Almost as soon as nurses or doctors or me are done hurting him, he gets over it," Sarah said. "He's back to being happy and wanting to play with them."

At nine months Teddy started dialysis, but infections required him to stop. Now, he's relying on one kidney to keep working until May 9th when he will receive a kidney from his mom's friend Tiffany Tice.

"Overjoyed. Amazed," said Teddy's father Randy.

This is the healthiest Randy and Sarah have seen their son, and they are hopeful the transplant only makes things better for him.

"Hopefully things will calm down by this time next year," Sarah said. "We might be home more than we're away, and he might be growing and eating and walking and being a regular kid."
 
The Reid's said the support they've gotten from the community has been overwhelming whether it's been cooking dinners or helping monetarily. You can find more about his story and ways to help on Teddy's blog.

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