Valeria Ramirez

Brownsville girl thankful for kidney transplant at Driscoll Children's Hospital

Ten-year-old Valeria Ramirez, from Brownsville, began dialysis at Driscoll Children’s Valley Dialysis Center in McAllen when she was just eight years old. For 10 months, Valeria and her family anxiously awaited a new kidney. A year after beginning treatment, that call finally came.

In 2019, Valeria underwent the kidney transplant surgery at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. She remained in Corpus Christi for about a year after the transplant receiving follow-up care and treatment.

Grateful for her new kidney, Valeria had a word of encouragement for other children who are waiting for a kidney: “I would tell them it’s going to be okay and there will be a kidney for them soon.”

Valeria said that Driscoll’s nurses and her favorite physician, Nephrologist Amy Becker, MD, helped her get through everything.

“All of the nurses were very nice, and they cared a lot,” she said.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital Dialysis Center in Corpus Christi and Driscoll Children’s Valley Dialysis Center in McAllen are comprised of a multidisciplinary team including physicians who are board certified in pediatric nephrology, experienced dialysis nurses, a renal dietitian and a social worker.

Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi has long been the South Texas leader in pediatric kidney care, with nephrology services beginning in 1999, dialysis services beginning in 2004 and the first renal transplant in 2007.

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