College student given ‘Gift of Hope,’ receives kidney transplant

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SALT LAKE CITY -- The wait is over.

Twenty-year-old Truc Tran was diagnosed with Lupus when she was 16 years old and told she would need a new kidney.

Tran is a University of Utah student hoping to further her career in finance and accounting. Last week, a relatively new procedure changed her life when a donor family, who lost a 4-month-old, gave the gift of life.

Dr. Jeff Campsen performed the kidney transplant adding both smaller kidneys to her poorly functioning kidney.

“What’s super cool about that is those kidneys will grow, so in six months from now she'll have almost two normal sized kidneys as opposed to one transplanted kidney,” Campsen said.

Campsen said Tran’s surgery was a success – her kidney function is already going up as they grow they'll grow to fit her.

“I feel like there's no road blocks in the way now I can do more than I ever had. I just feel grateful to have this opportunity to start over again,” Tran said. “Donating an organ is one of the best things because it gives another person a chance to live life again. You’re just a happy healthy person again you can live life like a normal person.”

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1 Comment

  • Sherry Taylor

    When I first saw this story I was excited, not just for Ms Tran but because it’s extremely possible the 4 mo. old donor was our little grandson Max who died last week and his parents were courageous enough to donate his tiny organs.
    I thought he was still with us sort of.
    Now as I watch it over again I feel angry that your catch phase was “wait for the unusual circumstances”.
    Which I can only think you were referring to the fact that a 4 mo. old kidneys could be transplanted into an adult.
    Max was a beautiful happy well loved little boy who giggled a lot.
    Who had very courageous and loving parents. (Which by the way is why your story is so uniquie, most parents of 4 mo. olds wouldn’t do what they did).
    I really wish that you’re writers would have taken just a few more seconds talking about the life that was lost,so that she could have a higher quality of life.
    I really do pray for Ms. Tran and hope for her to have a happy life.

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