Our son Kaden was born with Polycystic Kidney Disease. By the time he was 2-years-old, his kidneys were enlarged and each weighed over 1 ½ pounds. After UC Davis surgeons removed one kidney, he spent three weeks in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at UC Davis Children’s Hospital. During that time, he was identified for outpatient dialysis. We were assigned Bertha Ramirez-Preciado as our nurse, and she spent hours training and getting our family ready to perform dialysis at home.
Dialysis Treatments at Home
We were so lucky to have Bertha for our nurse. She made sure we understood everything and had everything we needed to take the absolute best care of Kaden. She even came in on some of her days off to continue the training. In a word, she was amazing. Kaden would require dialysis for 2 ½ months until his scheduled kidney transplant. Kaden’s dad was the designated donor match.
UC Davis Nephrology and Kidney Transplant Team Rocks
Bertha Ramirez-Preciado ordered all the supplies we needed and made sure we received all the essentials required to perform dialysis at home. We are so thankful–if UC Davis didn’t have a dialysis program, we would have had to go to UCSF, which would have put a much bigger strain on our entire family. As it was, my husband and I stayed with Kaden every day post surgery and for each of the 18 (I think) hospitalizations he’s had so far. I have nothing but good things to say about my experience over the last few years with the nephrology staff and especially Kaden’s primary nephrologist at UC Davis. So a huge thank-you to the Nephrology and the Transplant Team for saving my son’s life.
–submitted by Kaden’s mom, Shannon