KCTV 5: Children's Mercy reaches medical milestone
By Sharon Chen
Children’s Mercy has reached a medical milestone: 400 kidney transplants performed.
John Paredes is patient 400 and he has the picture to prove it. In it, you can see the 19-year-old smiling ear to ear as he holds decorated cardboard cut-outs of the number.
“400th I mean I don’t even know how to explain what it feels like,” said Paredes.
400 is just a number to us, but to John it’s so much more.
“In a way, this help made me stronger as a person, in a way it proves that I was able to do this,” said Paredes.
John ended up in Kansas City with Dr. Brad Warady at Children’s Mercy.
“John’s been on a very long journey a long and difficult journey,” said Warady.
Warady is a Pediatric Nephrologist, but also Division Director at Children’s Mercy. Warady pushed to put John on a pediatric transplant list.
“He was lucky enough to go on the transplant list and get a kidney five days later,” said Warady.
For almost 40 years, Warady has been helping patients like John. It started in 1984 when he established the Dialysis and Transplantation Program at Children’s Mercy. Two years later, the hospital performed its very first transplant.
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