13-year-old in need of kidney transplant

Published 1:01 am Sunday, March 29, 2009

Karli Chadwick is, for the most part, your typical young girl. Unfortunately right now, some of these things are on hold. For most of Karli’s life, she has been in and out of the hospital. Karli is 13 years old and in dire need of a kidney transplant.

The day before Karli was to be admitted to Children’s Hospital to have a port put in for dialysis, she and her mom met the “Knit Knacks” of Clanton First United Methodist Church. The Knit Knacks presented Karli’s mom, Kellie, with a prayer shawl and then prayed for both mother and daughter.

Christians throughout the community have been praying for Karli and her need for a kidney. If you think you might be interested in considering the possibility of being a kidney donor for Karli, you may call Children’s Hospital and talk with Transplant Coordinator Cindy Richards at (205) 939-6794.

In order to be a donor, you must be either A or O blood type, not being treated for high blood pressure, at least 18 years old, and have had no cancer for the past five years. The initial testing is very simple; you just call Children’s and tell Cindy Richards you would like to be tested for Karli Chadwick. You will be mailed a kit and can go to the local hospital for the blood work. Your blood work will be sent back, and in three weeks you will know whether or not you have passed the first screening process.

Karli’s mom, Kelly, can be reached via e-mail at kellynfamily6@aol.com.

Maybe you could be the donor Karli so desperately needs.