New Market toddler home for the holidays after life-saving kidney donation

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A New Market toddler is back home after a life-saving surgery. Lucas Jones, 2, received a new kidney from his mom.

This summer, Lucas was added to the transplant list. The family hoped for a living donation at the time. Then this fall, the Jones family learned the exciting news that Lucas’ mom Tara was a match.

The little boy and his mom underwent surgery in early November and weeks later, they’re back home in Jefferson County ready to celebrate the holidays.

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Every day there’s a new discovery and even more energy.

“He’s kicking, trying to crawl, trying to get up on his hands and knees. He’s starting to wave at people. He never did that before transplant. He’s verbalizing a lot more,” said Tara Jones.

Both mom and son are happy to be home healing and getting healthy after a stay at Vanderbilt.

“I didn’t think we were going to be home for Christmas because they said it could be six to eight weeks, that’s the average stay. We got home in five weeks because he’s doing so well,” said Jones.

Since the kidney transplant surgery, Lucas is no longer having to undergo dialysis treatments every night.

“He’s starting to become just like a normal 2-year-old,” added Jones.

She says it’s taken two years getting here because he was born with multicystic displastic kidneys, a defect formed while in the womb.

“If it’s meant to be that my kidney is a match for him, then God will take care of it. And, Lord, He has. Everything’s been taken care of,” she said.

It’s still a journey in that Lucas is taking a number of medications making sure his body doesn’t reject the new kidney.

“He still has to go back once or twice a week depending on his labs. We’ve got a lot of driving ahead of us to do that, but it won’t last forever. Once he gets real stable, it’ll go down to once every two weeks and then it’ll go down to once a month,” said Jones.

This little boy’s mom says it’s an exciting time watching the changes all because of a gift of life, twice. 

“We’ve just had one blessing after another and it couldn’t have come at a better time with Christmas.”

According to Donate Life Tennessee, 20 people die everyday waiting for an organ. One person can save eight lives by being an organ donor. If you’d like to register and become an organ and tissue donor, you can fill out the form by clicking here.

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 Facebook fundraiser.

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