Little girl who desperately needed kidney gets gift of life

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NEW YORK (PIX11) — A spunky little girl who desperately needed a kidney transplant has received the gift of a life, and is recovering well, her family and doctors said.

“The transformation from where she was to where she is now is huge,” a Facebook page dedicated to Kinsey Morsi wrote Friday.

Morsi first visited the PIX11 Morning News in April, when her mother issued a plea for organ donors willing to help her daughter. The little girl’s parents were both turned down as donors for medical reasons.

At just 5 years old, Morsi would spend three days a week getting dialysis, a three-hour process that typically began when her school day ended.

The young patient was first hospitalized in January. Her mother noticed she would become short of breath, get tired easily and ask to be carried short distances.

A pediatrician told her to go straight to the emergency room. The little girl was suffering from end-stage kidney failure.

In late May, Morsi underwent a 4.5-hour surgery to replace her kidney.

Mother Nadine Morsi said the little girl is doing great and her energy levels are climbing back up to where they should be for a bubbly child.

“She’s happier in general,” Nadine Morsi said.

More than 10,000 New Yorkers are waiting for organ donations, and the demand far surpasses the supply.

Just about 18 percent of New Yorkers over 18 are enrolled in the Donate Life Registry, compared to the national average of 42 percent.

In light of their heart-wrenching search for a second chance at life for their daughter, Morsi’s family and doctors have urged New Yorkers to consider organ donation.

After the young patient’s story spread, at least 100 people called the Mount Sinai Medical Center to inquire about kidney donation, Morsi’s surgeon said.

Twenty of those callers took the next step and filled out a questionnaire, and now, at least two potential donations are pending — all because of this little girl’s harrowing journey.

Anyone with a New York driver’s license can sign up for the state’s Donate Life Registry with the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Anyone interested in getting tested to be an organ donor at the hospital that treated Morsi can call the Transplant Institute at Mount Sinai Medical Center at 212-659-8086.

Watch Kinsey’s first appearance on PIX11 News, below: