Jefferson County mom to donate kidney to 2-year-old son

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A New Market mom is giving the gift of life twice to her little boy. The Jones family shared on social media that 2-year-old Lucas Jones’s mom, Tara, is a match and can donate her kidney.

Luke was added to the transplant list this summer and the family was hoping to find a living donor.

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The little boy has been on kidney dialysis for more than a year because he was born with multicystic displastic kidneys, a defect formed while in the womb.

“We just feel like God’s working,” said Luke’s mom, Tara Jones.

She says the family learned the good news on Monday that she’s been approved to donate her kidney. 

“He’s going to be so much better after this. We know it,” she said.

For the last three-plus months the family has been traveling from New Market to Nashville for doctor’s appointments, scans, testing, blood work and more.

“They just want to make sure that you’re completely healthy in order to give him a good kidney and also that I can survive the rest of my life with just one kidney,” said Jones.

Right now the family says one of Luke’s kidneys doesn’t function at all, and the other is just 15 percent. Every night the toddler spends nine to 11 hours receiving dialysis treatments.

“So we won’t have to be hooking him up every night at 8:30. He’ll be able to travel, he’ll be able to swim, he’ll be able to take a bath,” added Jones.

She says they’ve been preparing for this for some time but they’re counting down the days to surgery on November 7. 

“I know post-transplant the medicines are going to be crazy at first and it’s not always perfect but it will be a lot better than it is now,” said Jones.

There will be more appointments and Jones says they’ll have to live in Nashville for another six weeks, but the surgery will be life-changing. 

“We’re hoping that he doesn’t develop the terrible-twos. I think he’s going to start crawling, walking, but I think he’s going to flourish right after and do really well,” she said.

While the Jones family waits, they continue holding on to faith.

“We’re just really relieved and we feel like it’s all going to be just fine and this is probably the best kidney for him,” said Jones.

The family says Luke will likely have to have more transplants down the road simply because he’s so young.

If you’d like to follow Luke’s kidney transplant journey, the family has created a Facebook page. They’re also collecting donations to offset some of the costly expenses through a GoFundMe page.

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