Ruby is a sweet little gem who was diagnosed with Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome when she was 4-months old. She has the most expressive faces that makes it easy to know what she loves. She enjoys swinging on the swing set and will jump on just about anything.
Ruby was always fussy as a baby, particularly after the 3-month mark. Mom and dad first noticed her symptoms when she began having the appearance of a big belly. Ruby was treated for severe acid reflux, but the medications weren’t helping at all.
At 5 -months old she had developed two hernias. Within 10 minutes of seeing the pediatric surgeon, she was to the hospital. After poking a hole in her belly and draining 600ml of free-floating liquid (ascites), Ruby was diagnosed with Congenital Nephrotic Syndrome (which was later confirmed with genetic testing). Little Ruby’s kidneys were not functioning properly, and she would eventually need a kidney transplant when she was big enough.
Waiting for the kidney transplant was not easy. Ruby underwent 6-hour infusions of albumin 4 days a week. On top of that, she was immunocompromised, had her central line replaced as well as patched, and had a g-tube placed to help with nutrition.
After a year and a half of infusions, she was big enough for a kidney transplant. In February of 2022 both of her kidneys were removed, and on March 30th she was given her mother’s left kidney.
Mom tells us, “We have had some ups and downs throughout (and still working through some complications), but Ruby has never let anything stop her.” She
Finally, well enough for playing, Ruby wished for a trampoline. Mom says, “She is LOVING her trampoline, and asks to jump all day long!” Children’s Wish Foundation helped another wish child smile, and what perfect timing with Christmas being 4 days away 😊.