Kaitlyn Shannon was born with a congenital kidney defect discovered shortly after birth. Her condition was carefully monitored from that point forward for any signs of renal deterioration, which, unfortunately, came quite suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of nine months. Critically ill, Kaitlyn spent a month in the pediatric intensive care unit. The subsequent diagnosis was End Stage Renal Disease. With daily peritoneal dialysis treatment and much love, Kaitlyn was finally well enough to receive a kidney transplant at seventeen months of age.
The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and helping communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. Volunteers are now working with COTA in raising funds on Kaitlyn’s behalf in the greater Long Valley, NJ area.