New York mother welcomes kidney for daughter - 7News Boston WHDH-TV

New York mother welcomes kidney for daughter

Posted: Updated:
NEW YORK (WHDH) - A New York mother welcomed a rare gift this Mother's Day: a kidney for her ill daughter.

These days, Anaya is a typical 3-year-old: a little sweet, a little sassy, and a whole lot of cuteness.

But that's not how her life began. Before she was a year old, doctors diagnosed her with a rare kidney disease, congenital Finnish nephrotic syndrome.

Prolonged blood infusions were keeping her alive.

"The clock was really ticking, and we had to come up with a solution that would involve essentially replacing her kidney function with either a transplant or dialysis," said Dr. Jeffrey Saland, a pediatric nephrologist.

Saland, the chief of Nephrology and Hypertension at Mount Sinai, was responsible for her treatment.

"Typically, the kidneys have to be removed to prevent this massive swelling, or the alternative is long-term infusion," he said.

Doctors said the symptoms can include swelling in the eyes and the feet, but for Anaya, it was something that could only be described as a mother's instinct that tipped her off to the fact that her child was unwell.

"It was a piercing cry. I almost feel like I can hear it now," Ayana Richards said.

Those cries still haunt her today.

"I wrapped her up in a blanket, it was cold...I ran on feet to Harlem Hospital. Her head was swollen as big as a basketball," she said.

Richards volunteered one of her kidneys to her daughter. Life was good for a few hours until her baby developed blood clots that sent her back to the transplant list.

They found a matching donor within months.

"This was a deceased donor. This was a family that lost someone and chose to save someone. I was grateful that it was my child," she said.

  • U.S. & World NewsMore>>

  • Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Obama to Europe: NATO to oppose Russian aggression

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:44 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:44:35 GMT
    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe,...[more]
    Confronted by a Kremlin-backed military offensive in Ukraine, President Barack Obama and Western allies will approve plans this week to position at least 4,000 troops and military equipment in Eastern Europe, bolstering...[more]
  • Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Video purports to show beheading of US journalist

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 11:23 PM EDT2014-09-03 03:23:08 GMT
    The World Food Program says it provided food to a record 4.1 million people inside Syria last month.[more]
    Islamic State extremists released a video Tuesday purportedly showing the beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warning President Barack Obama that as long as U.S. airstrikes against the militant...[more]
  • Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Report accuses Islamic State group of war crimes

    Tuesday, September 2 2014 10:24 PM EDT2014-09-03 02:24:18 GMT
    Amnesty International has accused the militant Islamic State group of carrying out a systematic campaign of mass killings, abductions and ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq that could amount to war crimes.[more]
    An international rights group accused the extremist Islamic State group on Tuesday of systematic "ethnic cleansing" in northern Iraq targeting indigenous religious minorities, as well as conducting mass killings of men and...[more]
  • Stay Connected

  • Like Us on Facebook
  • Follow Us on Twitter
Powered by WorldNow

WHDH TV 7NBC WLVI TV CW56
Sunbeam Television Corp
7 Bulfinch Place
Boston, MA 02114

News Tips: (800) 280-TIPS
Tell Hank: (855) 247-HANK
Corporate Media Services: (800) 642-1551

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WHDH. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.