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Judah Toddler Receives Kidney

Last updated on Thursday, February 14, 2013

(JUDAH) - Two-year-old Savannah Hovious received a new kidney during transplant surgery Saturday at Riley Hospital for Children in Indianapolis.

Carol Johnson of the Times-Mail reports that Savannah received her first dialysis treatment when she was a week old.

Her parents Cory and Kayla, who live in the Judah area, were told Savannah would need a kidney once she was old enough for surgery.

Family members have been updating her progress on a Facebook page, Savannah Needs a Kidney.

Her grandmother Jill Hovios says Savannah is up, alert and playing and eating pizza.When Savannah is released from the hospital, her parents will have to monitor her blood pressure, weight and output, and she will take anti-rejection medication, but other than that, her life will be a normal one.

"I'm so looking forward to taking her camping this summer,'" Jill said. "She has been tied to an electrical outlet 12 hours a night for dialysis. Now she can go forward and be a typical 2-year-old."

Savannah was placed on the transplant list in November. It will be a while before the family receives any information about the donor, but Jill said they are incredibly thankful to the family.

"We are so grateful to the donor. We are so appreciative that someone stepped forward, in a bad moment ... we have so much respect for that decision ... to let their child help other children," said Jill.

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