When Max was two, his parents Mitchell and Raechel learned the unimaginable – Max was in respiratory and kidney failure and would need emergency hemodialysis to do the work for his failing kidneys. Almost two weeks after Max’s admission, kidney biopsy results showed he would require ongoing daily dialysis and eventually need a kidney transplant. His parents spent the next 58 days by his side at Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
“This news left us completely devastated as parents, but we made a commitment to absorb as much as we could from the team at Nationwide Children’s so we could be advocates for Max throughout his journey,” says Mitchell.
In December 2016, Max got his long-awaited miracle. He received a new kidney from his mom, who was a direct donor match. Today, Max is a healthy, vibrant kid who loves superheroes, riding his bike and playing at the playground with his big sister. Nothing holds him back. “The circumstances that we faced may have felt challenging at the time, but we are so blessed to have the team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital on ‘Marvelous Maxwell’s’ side,” says Mitchell.