Ella McBride

When Ella was a baby, she had stopped growing. She was in heart failure, and her blood pressure was dangerously high. After testing, they found that she had a rare narrowing in her abdominal aorta and narrowings in her renal arteries going to her kidneys. Ella had surgery to open up the narrowing to allow normal blood flow.  Unfortunately, her left kidney stopped working, and as she grew, the narrowing to the right kidney returned. Ella underwent a couple balloon procedures to that right renal artery and then an auto kidney transplant for the right kidney and removal of the left kidney. This was the first time Riley had performed an auto kidney transplant on a child. Ella may still face surgeries and a regular kidney transplant in the future. But, her family takes each day as it comes and counts each day as a blessing.