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Greenfield father hopes to save 22-month-old son's life through kidney transplant

Posted: 10:29 PM, Jan 25, 2018
Updated: 2018-01-26 13:35:52Z

GREENFIELD, Ind. -- The father of a 22-month-old in Greenfield is hoping to save his son's life through a kidney transplant.

Jessica Schrank had a placental abruption when her son Hudson was born

"It was literally on the walk to the OR that we lost his heartbeat so it was super scary. Still emotional thinking back on the time because it was hard. Super hard not knowing if your baby is going to make it or not," said Schrank.

The complication affected Hudson's kidneys and he's been on dialysis since he was 10 days old.

"The hardest part is having to hold your kid down for multiple blood draws. He has puked almost every day of his life," said Schrank.

But there is hope. Hudson's dad is being tested to see if he can donate his kidney.

"Every day 22 people die while waiting for a lifesaving organ and every 10 minutes someone is added to the waitlist, so the numbers are crucial," said Debra Des Vignes, Indiana Donor Network.

Right now in Indiana, 1,500 people are waiting for an organ donation.

One donor can save up to eight lives and heal up to 75 people through tissue donation.

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