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She overcame everythingA 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...

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October 10, 2018 Update from Shasta

This update is long overdue and I apologize for the silence...
Here’s a quick (ok not quick at all) synopsis of the going’s on the past month.

1. Mia and I have been traveling back and forth between home and SF about every 1-2 weeks for blood tests and doctor appointments. These times are sweet a...

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Updates

 

October 10, 2018 Update from Shasta

This update is long overdue and I apologize for the silence...Here’s a quick (ok not quick at all) synopsis of the going’s on the past month. Continue Reading »

March for Mia - Sept 15, 2018

Today was a beautiful day in Paradise for Achieve Charter School's March for Mia. Many thanks to the wonderful organizers, teachers, students, parents and friends who participated and made the fundraiser so successful and fun-filled. Continue Reading »

Post-Transplant Life

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Recovery days

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August 1, 2018 Update

Mia has been released from UCSF Children's Hospital and will be staying in San Francisco close to the hospital for 2-3 months for continual care and monitoring. She has labs drawn and medications adjusted every 2 days. Her doctors are very pleased Continue Reading »

A message from Mia's Mama

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Photos from 2005 - Baby Mia at UCSF

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Successful Surgeries!

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March for Mia

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Surgery Day - July 25, 2018

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2018 photos

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