Hometown: Upper Arlington, Ohio
Diagnosis: Kidney Failure
In July 2013, when Jackson was only 6 years old, he suddenly became very ill and he was rushed to the emergency room. The diagnosis: kidney failure. Jackson had developed post streptococcal glomerulonephritis. He spent a week on the Nephrology Unit at Nationwide Children's Hospital receiving treatment.
Glomerulonephritis is a type of kidney disease that involves inflammation of tiny filter units in the kidneys called glomeruli. Due to the inflammation, these filters can leak blood and protein into the urine. In children, glomerulonephritis can develop from a streptococcal infection, such as strep throat or upper respiratory infection.
Today, Jackson is 8 years old, fully recovered, and enjoys playing video games and baseball. His parents continue to monitor his blood pressure and he visits his doctor for regular check-ups.
What Nationwide Children's Hospital means to Jackson’s Mom:
Jackson’s mom works at Nationwide Children's Hospital Foundation. She says that she has always told her friends, family members and our donors that this is a wonderful place. She believed it before, but even more so once she experienced it firsthand. Jackson was quite ill and facing some possible serious issues because of that. Thankfully, because of the expertise and care he received at Nationwide Children’s, he is doing great today.