Thursday, October 04, 2007

Chesapeake Child Desperately Needs Transplant

Oct 1, 2007 09:58 PM EDT

When Sonny Clark retired, he thought he and his wife Linda would enjoy their golden years at a slow enjoyable pace. "No alarm clocks and traveling," he said.

Instead, neither have had more than a few hours of sleep since their great grandson Trey was born. The two Chesapeake seniors have full custody of the two year old who has multiple health problems.

Trey was born with reflux necropathey, which means his kidneys do not function, he needs dialysis daily and can not eat. He gets his nutrition via a feeding tube which sends fluids straight to his intestines. "He can't eat anything with out throwing it all up," Sonny explained.

Trey needs a kidney transplant which doctors were preparing him for when they made another medical discovery, Trey also suffers from a rare genetic condition called fanconi anemia, the only way to treat it is with a bone marrow transfusion.

The family flew to Minnesota to see a specialist when it got even more bad news, a neighbor called last week to tell them their house had been burglarized. "They stole a tv, some medicines and some knick nacks," Sonny said.

Sonny says,right now, his insurance company has not said if it would pay for Trey's bone marrow transplant which could cost one million dollars. Friends are stepping up to help out, organizing fund raisers which could start as early as next week. No matter what happens, Sonny says his family will fight to keep Trey alive.

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