Arizona teenager in need of life-saving transplant; the community steps in to raise funds for expenses
Buckeye, Arizona. – A teenage Buckeye girl is in desperate need of a life-saving organ transplant, but with help from the community, Zaleya Hart is one step closer to receiving the kidney she needs.
Zaleya turned 15 on June 28. In January, he was diagnosed with end-stage renal failure.
“She had been sick since December,” said Zaleya’s mother, Deborah Hart. “She was vomiting. When we took her to the hospital, her blood pressure was 180/120. When they ran the labs the next day, they called and said, ‘Please rush- there in the emergency room. sleep.'”
Doctors told Deborah that her daughter was probably born with kidney disease. Deborah said after Zaleya’s diagnosis she spent weeks in intensive care. Today, she undergoes nine hours of treatment, at home, every day.
“She’s in end-stage kidney disease, which means she’s at the end of her life,” Deborah said. “She will need a kidney transplant soon.”
The transplant team at Phoenix Children’s Hospital in Phoenix recommends a life-saving kidney transplant. A life-saving transplant often costs more than $800,000, and the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national 501(c)3 charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for expenses related to the transplant, intervenes. Now Buckeye volunteers are raising $35,000 for COTA to help with transplant expenses for Zaleya.
“Although you can just share and spread the story, the website,” Karyn Hemphill said. “We will create a social media page to follow Zaleya’s journey.”
COTA for the Zaleya team