Nine-Year-Old Boy Gets Once-Impossible Kidney Transplant
A 9-year-old boy whose tiny body was ravaged by swine flu during the 2009 outbreak is recovering from a much-needed but once-impossible kidney transplant.
Robert "Boo" Maddox had the transplant July 30 at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., nearly four years after contracting the H1N1 virus that killed an estimated 1,282 U.S. children.
The seven-hour surgery supplemented Boo's failing kidneys with a healthy kidney from his mom, Renee, who stayed by her son's hospital bedside for 501 days in the peak of the pandemic.
"We've had nowhere to turn but look up," said Boo's dad, Robert Maddox IV, crediting the family's faith in God for Boo's survival. "People say every day, 'I don't know how y'all do this.' But the beauty is we don't do it alone."