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This is the Charley Furrh Kidney Transplant Fund. The funds will be used for medical costs and related expenses not covered by insurance.

When Charley was born, we were advised that she had one kidney that had not developed. Although this was tough news for us to hear, the good news was that her right kidney functioned at 100%! Doctors told us that in order to protect the good kidney; the bad one would have to eventually be removed. Their suggestion was to wait until she was between 14-16 mos. old and then we would take care of it.

Charley had managed to live the first 15 months of her life without even the slightest problem from her kidneys. She had been the picture of health. In spite of this, the doctor insisted it was necessary to remove the bad kidney. Surgery was scheduled for January 24, 2010.

The Monday morning of the 24th, Charley was checked into Christus Shumpert Hospital in Shreveport. We were told this procedure was routine and that it should only take a couple of hours, three at the most. At 7:15 they took Charley to the operating room. After a little more than three hours, we were summoned to the recovery room and told that Charley was great and getting ready to wake up. We felt relief and thanked God for seeing our little girl through the surgery.

After a few hours in recovery we noticed that she had not passed as much as one drop of urine. After 7 hrs of waiting with no results, they decided to do an ultrasound to see what could be prohibiting her good kidney from passing urine. Imagine our shock when the ultrasound tech said she couldn't find the kidney! They told us it was probably just because of the air they used to expand the abdomen and that they would repeat the ultrasound with the radiologist and surely he would have better results. Our hearts sank when he was unable to locate the kidney at all! At this point, they regrouped, reviewed past scans and decided to do a nuclear scan and surely this would explain everything.

At approximately 8:00 PM, our doctor came to the room and told us that somehow, when removing the bad kidney, he found the bad kidney to be the shape of a horseshoe and in attempting to remove the entire bad kidney, he compromised the good kidney and now there was no longer any function left. As a matter of fact, he had actually removed it as well. Hence the reason for the empty ultrasounds.

We were devastated. The only thing left to do at this point was to transfer Charley to Children's Hospital in Dallas and prepare her for dialysis and kidney transplant. We were in shock. Just hours before, we had a happy, healthy little girl full of life and energy. Now we didn't know what to expect.

We left Christus Shumpert at 11:00 PM via ambulance and arrived at Children's Hospital around 2:00 AM. Within minutes they were working on Charley and doing everything possible to help our little girl.
Charley has remained in Dallas since that night. She has had numerous surgeries and multiple complications and has been in and out of the hospital on a too frequent basis.

She is now an outpatient and is receiving dialysis six days a week. The frequent dialysis has a tendency to weaken her heart, but she remains in good spirits. She has adapted to her new way of life.

She has been approved for transplant and has been going through the work up process in preparation for transplant. Donors are in the process of being tested, but it seems to be an extremely slow process. Hopefully a match will be found soon, and a transplant date can be set.

To say the least, it has been a life altering experience for Charley, her dad Drew Furrh, her mom Ashley Chandler Furrh, and all of her family.

With God on our side and our family behind us and our friends beside us, we will no doubt see a positive outcome.

Thank you for your donations, support, and most of all your prayers. We do believe in miracles and we pray for one each day.

Please also visit Charley’s Caring Bridge site: http://caringbridge.org/visit/charleyraefurrh1010.

If you have any questions, or suggestions or just need to contact a representative for the family please email echandler9@windstream.net
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