A couple in New Jersey was overjoyed to know that they were expecting another child after they lost their first child only after 36 hours. Their daughter was born just after 8 months, and when the parents learned about her condition, they were completely shocked.
Paul Rybkin and Karen Rodas were ecstatic when they came to know that Karen was pregnant, after they lost their first child, Nathaniel, who survived for only 36 hours. He died due to Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD), a rare condition, and they were afraid that their unborn baby might suffer the same fate. And unfortunately, the doctors told them that the unborn baby also suffered from PKD.
Both of them didn’t have any idea that they were actually carriers of the recessive gene for PKD. It is a deadly condition which leads to development of cysts, causing kidney and liver failure. After Nathaniel passed away, the parents were informed that there was a 25% chance that their next child would also have PKD. They prayed to God that their next child doesn’t suffer the same fate, and Karen got pregnant again.
“Chances of survival, if our baby was born with PKD, were almost negligible.”, said Karen.” Nathaniel had no chances of survival, he passed away after 36 hours.We were both overjoyed when we became pregnant again. During a scan at the 20-week mark, they discovered that the baby’s kidneys are enlarged, similar to Nathaniel, which guaranteed that she had PKD. I didn’t know what to do at that point.”
She added, “We were both overjoyed when we became pregnant again. During a scan at the 20-week mark, they discovered that the baby’s kidneys are enlarged, similar to Nathaniel, which guaranteed that she had PKD. I didn’t know what to do at that point. I knew that I will do whatever it takes to save the baby.”
They would not go for abortion. Fortunately, they met a PKD expert in Philadelphiawho helped in the pregnancy. Karen had to go to early labour at just 33 weeks on 7th November, 2013at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia because there was a high chance that the baby might get tangled in the umbilical cord.
They had a beautiful daughter eventually, named Maddy Rybkin. But the tragic news was that due to the PKD condition, Maddy had a bloated stomach, which almost made the kid look eight years pregnant. The reason was that she had kidneys, three time bigger than the size of an adult human being.
She has no energy left in her due to this condition. She had a bloated stomach, often vomited and slept for upto 18 hours per day.
Maddy was strictly monitored by the doctors for several months, and finally, she could go home. But disaster struck after a year and a half, when the condition of both of her kidneys started deteriorating. A kidney transplant was crucial for her survival.
The doctors were certain that without a transplant the daughter won’t make it, so they quickly checked if her parents matched. Luckily for her, Paul, her dad, donated one of his kidneys and she lived.