Peggy and Riley's story
Peggy Crowder donated a kidney to her 14-year-old daughter, Riley, who was born with a multicystic dysplastic kidney, a developmental condition in which her kidney had little to no normal functioning. At age 11, it was determined that Riley would need a kidney transplant. After Peggy was deemed a match, she read everything she could get her hands on to prepare for the transplant. But even the most informative medical journals and health-related Web sites couldn't prepare the Crowders for the reality of going through a kidney transplant.
"Words on a page just can't describe what it's truly like to see your child in pain and suffering," Peggy says. "You're scared; they're scared. But you do everything you can to keep it together and stay positive."
Riley's transplant was a success for both daughter and mother, and shortly thereafter, Peggy, Riley and Taylor, Peggy's younger daughter, were asked to share their story as part of the Transplant Experience Journal.