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Peggy Crowder donated a kidney to her 14-year-old daughter, Riley, who was born with a multicystic dysplastic kidney, a developmental condition in which her kidney had little to no normal functioning. At age 11, it was determined that Riley would need a kidney transplant. After Peggy was deemed a match, she read everything she could get her hands on to prepare for the transplant. But even the most informative medical journals and health-related Web sites couldn't prepare the Crowders for the reality of going through a kidney transplant.
"Words on a page just can't describe what it's truly like to see your child in pain and suffering," Peggy says. "You're scared; they're scared. But you do everything you can to keep it together and stay positive."
Riley's transplant was a success for both daughter and mother, and shortly thereafter, Peggy, Riley and Taylor, Peggy's younger daughter, were asked to share their story as part of the Transplant Experience Journal.
We are grateful to have been ranked #1 on U.S. News & World Report's list of the best children's hospitals in the nation for the third year in a row, an honor we could not have achieved without the patients and families who inspire us to do our very best for them. Thanks to you, Boston Children's is a place where we can write the greatest children's stories ever told.”