LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – Two-year-old Lucy and her family love spending time playing outside at the park. While much of her childhood story includes making special memories, the rest of her story has been written inside a hospital room.
“She was diagnosed at about 21-weeks with multicystic dysplastic, which means her left kidney is full of cysts and it doesn’t work,” her mother Anna Hines said.
Hines said her other kidney is underdeveloped.
“It only works about 7 percent of the time,” Hines explained. “Because of that, she has to do dialysis.”
Three days a week for three hours a day, Lucy is hooked up to a machine.
“This past spring, we went through infection, after infection, after infection,” Hines explained. “We were in the hospital almost all spring.”
For the past two years, though, Lucy didn’t weigh enough for a transplant. However, her name has finally made the list.
“So, now we’re waiting on a call and really any time we can get the call. I have my phone on me, right now,” Hines said. “And as soon as we get the call, we go to Cincinnati and she gets the transplant.”
Until that call, though, Hines said her family will enjoy each other and enjoy the simple things in life, like a good laugh at the park.
Lucy’s transplant will cost nearly $100,000.
On Sunday, the Children’s Organ Transplant Association, also known as COTA, is hosting a costume carnival at the Lafayette Theater for children 2 to 10 years old to help with the family’s medical expenses.
Admission is $10 for children and parents get in free. The event runs from 2-4 p.m. and will include carnival games, a costume parade and crafts.
All proceeds will go to the COTA and will be distributed to the Hines family to help with medical expenses.
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