A search for a donor kidney continues for six year old Douglas Habbe. The Nashville child began dialysis in the summer because of his weakening kidneys. He has prune belly syndrome, a malformation of the urinary tract.
A minimum of three months of dialysis is needed before the transplant for stabilization, said his mother, Sherry.
R.H. and Sherry Habbe are hoping for a living donor for their son, as kidneys from living donors tend to last longer.
Children, however, have priority on the donor waiting list when the process begins. A cadaver donor may be used, to save the living donor kidney in case of rejection or failure.
Douglas, in kindergarten at Nashville Grade, is remote learning because of his health risks.