Hoping for a kidney

10:37 AM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
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SULPHUR, Louisiana (KPLC) -- An old newspaper clipping brings now 37-year-old Amy Hastings McGee, of Sulphur, Louisiana back to a time of promise after a life-changing diagnosis of end stage renal disease.

"They discovered that I was obviously born with only one kidney," she said, "that kidney disintegrated as I grew older."

That one working kidney was only functioning at five percent, the size of a sweet pea, but serving the role of filtering toxins out of the entire body.

"Any waste that you may have in your body. Anything you eat or drink - your kidneys balance that out," said Amy.

Amy's failing kidney could not do the job and at age 11, she had her first kidney transplant. "Here I was in Sulphur, Louisiana," said Amy, "and I got a call to go to New Orleans where I got a cadaver kidney from a little boy in Pine Bluff, Arkansas."

That kidney lasted for two years, then began failing

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