Miracle baby finally comes home after spending first two and a half years in hospital
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CITY OF IOWA – (WHBF) – A miracle baby born in Iowa City is at home after spending two and a half years in the hospital.
Aidan Moles has spent his entire life as a patient at the University of Iowa’s Stead Family Children’s Hospital until recently. He was born seven weeks earlier, his kidneys were not working and he needed dialysis and oxygen.
Aidan received a new kidney in November and was finally able to return home earlier this month.
“See his reaction to his first drive, take him home and just let him crawl around,” said Aron Donaldson, Aidan’s mother.
Aidan battled infections, a heart problem, and some blood problems until he got a new kidney.
“His first six months of life were tough, to say the least. Yes, we were really worried that it wouldn’t happen, ”said Dr Lyndsay Harshman, medical director of the pediatric kidney transplant at Stead UI Family Children’s Hospital.
Aidan beat the odds. Donaldson says she is thankful for the kidney.
“It was a very emotional day. Excitement, happiness and nervousness because he had to have surgery, ”Donaldson said.
“Right now his kidney function is wonderful and he’s looking great,” Harshman said. “It’s just crazy how fast he is growing.”
Harshman is excited for Aidan but will also miss seeing his glowing face in the hospital.
“They are like my own children, so when I see one of my own children leaving our nest here, it hurts my heart,” Harshman said.
Donaldson says she can’t wait to see how much Aidan will accomplish.
“There was a time when we weren’t even sure he was going to make it. I just think he’s gonna make the most of everything. I hope he will continue his good work, ”said Donaldson.
Harshman also expressed the importance of organ donors. She says it gives patients like Aidan another chance at life.
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