Carly Kelly was born with autosomal recessive polycystic kidney illness, a illness that not solely impacts the kidneys, but additionally can result in liver issues. She spent the primary month of her life within the Neonatal ICU at Mayo Clinic, the place physicians advised Carly’s household she would ultimately want a kidney transplant.
“I used to be the primary one to register as a donor,” says Tim Kelly, Carly’s father. “And I used to be so blessed to be a match. Carly and I’ve the very same blood sort: AB unfavorable. There are such a lot of individuals on the market which can be ready for kidney and different organs. It’s such an extended waitlist, and to have the ability to give my daughter a kidney proper off the bat was so lucky for each of us.”
At age 8, Carly had her first organ transplant, receiving a kidney from her father. In 2019, Carly went into liver failure she obtained a liver transplant on Could 2, 2019. 10 months later, Carly obtained her second kidney transplant. All three transplants have taken place at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota.
Now 27 years outdated, Carly is doing nicely and hasn’t let her transplants gradual her down. She and her father will compete within the 2022 Transplant Video games of America, which can happen July 29-Aug. 3 in San Diego. The video games are open to transplant recipients, dwelling donors and donor households in several classes.
Carly and Tim might be a part of Group MN-DAK, which is sponsored by LifeSource. This might be their third time competing within the video games, participating in biking, pickleball and cornhole. They have been getting ready collectively for the occasion.
“Each day, we’ll bike, or we’ll go for a stroll, or we’ll play pickleball or we’ll throw some luggage,” says Carly. “Being collectively and getting ready, it is one thing simply my dad and I do, which is actually cool. It is not likely about competing. It is extra about honoring your donor.”
There are practically 106,000 individuals within the U.S. ready for a lifesaving organ transplant. Tim and Carly each say that competing within the video games shouldn’t be solely about honoring the donors, but additionally elevating consciousness.
“Please registered to be a donor,” implores Tim. “One particular person can save as much as eight lives. And it is simple factor to do. Carly would not be right here with out a number of donors.”
To register to be a donor, go to the Donate Life America web site.
On the Mayo Clinic Q&A podcast, Carly and Tim Kelly share their story.
Watch: Carly and Tim Kelly share their transplant journey and talk about the Transplant Video games of America.
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