About Cooper Hendrix
With the cost of a transplant often exceeding $500,000, many transplant patients are unable to shoulder the financial burden of such a procedure. The Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA) is a national charity dedicated to organizing and guiding communities in raising funds for transplant-needy patients. In Missouri volunteers are raising funds for transplant patients like local boy Cooper Hendrix.
Born on April 17, 2007, Cooper was diagnosed with Chronic Kidney Disease, and doctors at Saint Louis Children’s Hospital in Missouri recommended a life-saving kidney transplant. An estimated $40,000 is being raised by Missouri volunteers.
Well... this all started when he was about 12 weeks old (in mom's belly) and to make a really long story short(er) he had a bladder that just wasn't draining right. So, he had a special Dr. put a drain in his belly to help drain his bladder and also create more amniotic fluid so his lungs could develop. He was born 6 weeks early and weighed 5 pounds 6 ounces. He was taken directly to the NICU at St. Louis Children's Hospital where he stayed for just over 6 weeks. When he was born he wasn't breathing right, so he had a tube put in his lungs, but a few hours later he had enough of all that and pulled it out and has been breathing on his own ever since. :) He also has Prunebelly Syndrome because his bladder got so big when he was developing that his stomach muscles did not develop correctly so he now has a wrinkly belly. His kidneys don't function well so he has had to take a number of daily medications to keep them going, but the function has declined over the years, and now it is transplant time.
That's the short of it and we will keep you updated as this transplant journey progresses so check back, and thank you for all your support, love, and prayers!