San Antonio toddler battles kidney disease

The Kidney Foundation hosts annual Walk N' Stroll

Author: Jennifer Dodd , Reporter, jdodd@ksat.com
Published On: Oct 26 2012 06:08:40 PM CDT
SAN ANTONIO -

Miguel Carmona, age 2, is not the face of kidney disease. He's much, much younger than the norm.

"It's very hard and heartbreaking, but most of the time, we know it's best for him," his mother, Magdalena Carmona, said of the treatment Miguel must undergo.

Miguel was born with two non-working kidneys.

He started 10-hour night dialysis treatments when he was just 9 months old.

"He has his good days and he has his bad days," Carmona said.

Miguel goes on the donor list in a few months.

Until recently, he didn't meet the weight requirement of 22 pounds.

Carmona said anyone who is even willing to get tested to be a living donor is a hero to her.

"It is a big decision. It is something we are asking you to do. It's a surgery that you don't have to go through," Carmona said.

But for Magdalena, it's a decision that could make the difference in seeing her son grow up, graduate, get married and have kids -- and not.

"With dialysis, the biggest risk is infection. What I've heard from many moms is that's the biggest thing that would cause death. (A transplant) would mean the world to me. It would be everything for us," Carmona said.

If you'd like to help all of those people living with kidney disease in San Antonio, you can by joining in the Kidney Foundation's Annual Walk N' Stroll.

You can find all of the information you need at www.txkidney.org.