At a 20-week ultrasound, doctors detected an abnormality with baby Lucas’ kidneys. The extent of his condition wouldn’t be fully diagnosed until he was five days old.
Lucas was born with bilateral cystic dysplastic kidneys, which means both of his kidneys were undersized, full of cysts and not functioning. He spent the first 16 days of his life fighting for survival, but continued to amaze doctors and nurses with his determination.
At just two years old, Lucas received a lifesaving kidney transplant from his grandmother, which was the first kidney transplant performed at the new Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital.
Today, Lucas is three years old and is a happy boy who loves playing with his superhero toys as well as dressing up. His mum says he has an incredible imagination, who is thriving and overall in very good health. Lucas still has problems eating but is improving every day.
Kidney Health Week (22-28 May) is a national event aimed at creating awareness about kidney disease and its impact, especially on young children like Lucas.