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Cheswold Mother Preparing to Donate Kidney to Son

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Roman and Amy Morris (Photo: WBOC) Roman and Amy Morris (Photo: WBOC)

CHESWOLD, Del. (WBOC) - The pain of losing a child is something no parent wants to face. The pain of losing another might even seem unbearable. But the pain of watching a third struggle to survive - unimaginable. That's exactly the situation a Cheswold family is facing.

Rob and Amy Morris's 2-year-old son, Roman, has had kidney problems since he was still in the womb. Now, he's in stage five renal failure.

Roman is something of a miracle for his parents. In the years before he was born, two daughters didn't survive due to kidney problems.

Amy says she felt like people thought they were crazy for trying again.

"Once you have a child and lose a child, it's like something is missing until you have another... Nothing replaces that feeling," she said. "He was basically our best case scenario and still spent the first five months of his life in the hospital." 

He's not in the hospital as often now, but Roman still has major medical problems. He requires lots of treatments. That includes dialysis for 10 hours a day, every day.

"It's like his whole life revolves around it," said Amy.

It's all been extremely emotional for her.

"I feel like I've become hard and numb just because I've been through so much in the past five years," she said. "Seeing your child suffer is the worst pain anyone could ever go through."

Amy is preparing to donate a kidney to Roman later this year. Rob says the fact that his wife and son are a match is a godsend. Roman's blood type makes finding a donor tough. 

"It's harder to find a match, and you can be on the list for a much longer time," Rob said. "Some kids wait up to eight years before they get a kidney."

Rob says staying on dialysis is risky and provides no quality of life for Roman. Rob says he's heard from other parents, dealing with the same thing, who say a transplant changed everything for their kids.

"Their quality of life greatly improved. They actually had a quality of life, it seemed," Rob said.

All this has been very expensive for the Morris family. Plus, when the transplant happens, Amy won't be able to work for weeks. She is the family's primary breadwinner right now.

As they wait for the transplant, Amy says the silver lining here has been the kindness of strangers.

"We've been through is you find there are still amazing people in this world," she said.

Click here to visit Roman's website.

Click here to visit Roman's Go Fund Me page.

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