LaGRANGE, Ga. (WRBL) – The COVID-19 pandemic affected many people in ways they often thought were unthinkable, and that’s no different for the brown mother-daughter duo.
20-year-old Alia Brown was diagnosed with Lupus as a nine-year-old, and in 2014, one of her kidneys began to fail completely. She received dialysis three days a week until 2017, when her mother, Felicia Brown, donated a kidney to her daughter.
“I did my blood test, my urine, you know, they check your blood pressure, they check top to toe, and it was a blessing that I was in good health giving her a kidney,” Felicia said.
Alia received COVID-19 in August 2020, and after spending about a month in the hospital, the kidney that had been donated by her mother failed, leaving her back on the transplant list.
“I was so disappointed because I was glad I was in college, I was free, I was able to be self-employed, and yes, it was a bit like a failure. It was a huge failure,” Alia said. .
Alia said her target lost her mother’s kidney and she has had to adjust to doing dialysis every day. However, she said she does not let that stop her from working towards her goals and has things she would like to achieve in the near future.
She is doing peritoneal dialysis from her home every day and will continue to do so until she can have a new kidney transplant.
Felicia said she and her daughter are in a peaceful mindset and are willing to take on any obstacles they may encounter.
“I want to see her do all the things a young girl should be doing right now, so we hope and pray that we get a kidney soon,” Felicia said.
Alia’s blood type is A +, and she is currently on the transplant waiting list at Emory Healthcare, and she also hopes to be added to the waiting list at UAB Hospital in Birmingham, Alabama.
She is also currently part of the kidney exchange program at Emory. The program needs two living donors and two organ recipients to work. If one of Alias ’loved ones is not compatible with her, but is compatible with another recipient in the system, the hospital can exchange Alias’ donor with the other recipient’s donor, with whom she is compatible, and both will receive organs.