2018 Transplant and Organ Donation Calendar: Justin Mandeville
Justin Mandeville has suffered from kidney problems since he was a toddler. He spent much of his time at American Family Children’s Hospital, and when he was 6 years old, doctors needed to remove his kidneys to save his life. He spent the next six years on dialysis. His parents set up his room to accommodate all of the medical supplies, and they had to hook him up to a dialysis machine for 10 hours every night. His mother, Jen, says the dialysis was a godsend, but it was still only a temporary solution—he needed a kidney transplant. Justin’s aunt, Kim Myrold, was ready to be his kidney donor.
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Then and Now
Then: High doses of steroids caused multiple side effects.
Now: UW Health's Transplant Program offers prednisone-free immunosuppression to certain kidney and liver patients.