A New Brunswick mother is fighting her local hospital for the right to donate her kidney to her own young son.
The Queen Elizabeth II hospital in Halifax has rejected Ashley Barnaby’s request to give one of her kidneys to her 18-month-old son Zaccari Buell, who endures 12 hours of dialysis every day thanks to his stage-four renal failure.
The 28-year-old mother has a history of high blood pressure and developed gestational diabetes during pregnancy. Doctors have told Barnaby that if she does give up her organ, she runs a risk of developing diabetes, putting her health at risk.
Mom says she’s more than prepared to deal with any complications this transplant may lead to.
Dr. Christine Dipchand, medical director of the living kidney donation program at the hospital, said in an email statement that, “unfortunately, there are times when health factors result in the donation being ruled out.”
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