Twin girls get new lease on life

Rose Willigar
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AMHERST – Four-year-old twin girls Megan and Mackenzie Haylock are doing well after receiving kidney transplants at 15 months old.

The kidney Megan received was healthy, but the kidney Mackenzie received had damage to the ureter (the connection tube between the kidney and bladder), a problem that has plagued the toddler the last three years.

“Mackenzie was always sick,” the girls’ mother, Michelle Haylock, said.

“She was hospitalized at least once a month because the flow between the kidney and bladder wasn’t working properly.

Last spring the kidney Mackenzie received was rejected by her body, 

“I knew something was wrong,” Haylock said. “Megan was doing well, like any other toddler, but Mackenzie always seemed to have medical issues. 

Last August, Mackenzie’s faulty kidney was removed and she was sent home.

“She was on dialysis at home until we got the phone call last October that a new kidney for Mackenzie was found,” Haylock said.

Mackenzie had infection after infection and when doctors investigated, it was found it was from the kidney.

The girls mother said the second transplant received by Mackenzie in October went better and she was home from the hospital within a month.

“Both girls are doing great, gaining proper weight and developing properly. They are registered for school (Cumberland North Academy) this fall,” Haylock said.

The girls’ mother said her daughters will have to undergo another transplant whenthey reach their teenage years because doctors have explained that when the body’s hormones began to develop more, the risk for the body to reject their transplanted kidneys is high.

“The girls turn five next month, and are developing as any five-year-old would be developing,” Haylock said.

Organizations: Cumberland North Academy

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