A little background
Some of you may remember, back in August of 2004, at 5 1/2 months of age, Mia Herndon was diagnosed with Primary Hyperoxaluria, a rare liver disorder, along with complete kidney failure. She spent almost a year at UCSF Children’s Hospital in San Francisco to stabilize her vital functions until she could undergo a life-saving kidney and liver transplant. Her parents and older siblings relocated to San Francisco and were at her side during this very difficult time. Then finally, on Friday, July 29, 2005, Mia received her transplants during a 12-hour surgery. She was 16 months old at the time. After many more months at UCSF, Mia eventually became strong and stable enough to return home to Paradise with her family.
Mia, now 14-years-old, has been under the careful attention of the USCF doctors to keep her kidney functioning and her life as fun and fulfilling as possible. There have been plenty of ups and downs, but Mia has stayed true to her warrior-like approach to...