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1 sister receives double organ transplant, other still on waiting list

from KTVI-TV

We first introduced you to the Derque family of Crystal City about a year and a half ago. At that time, 7-year old Kate Derque and her 12-year old sister, Abbi both needed double organ transplants. A genetic disease called Polycystic Kidney Disease was destroying their kidneys and liver. Kate was getting dialysis three times a week. Abbie was getting monthly checkups. Abbi had had a recent scare with bleeding in the liver. Both were on the waiting list for a transplant. Our followup report found a big change in the family's situation. In May of this year, Kate now 9, underwent a 10 hour surgery at Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center to receive a new kidney and new liver. Things went well and Kate has had a good recovery. But the family's wait is not over. more


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