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E. Texas mom gives kidney to toddler

DALLAS, TX (WFAA) - A Sulphur Springs mom gives her son life — once again.

Jace Glenn was born six weeks early and wasn't expected to live. Now that he is old enough for a major transplant, he has had a lifesaving surgery.

You can't help but smile when meeting Jace, now three years old. He is so energetic — even in the midst of this fight for his life.

Jace had to be rushed to Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas when he was born. By the time he was four weeks old, doctors had to remove both of his kidneys.

"Jace has severe progression of his disease, which is polycystic kidney disease," explained transplant surgeon Dr. Alejandro Mejia. "He's on dialysis, and has been for a couple years."

The good news is this: Jace recently overcame several infections and was finally healthy enough to undergo a kidney transplant. His mother, Makenzie, a perfect donor match.

Monday she gave the ultimate gift to her playful baby boy. "I want the best for him, and I want him to live, and this is lifesaving... so I'd give anything for him," she said.

Dr. Mejia said it is common for parents to donate kidneys to their children, because they often share the same blood type. It is critical that Jace's body accept his mother's kidney.

"This was his only chance of making it long-term," Dr. Mejia said.

Jace's dad was pretty nervous that both his wife and son would be in surgery for a long time, but he looked into the eyes of his toddler and remembered that Jace is a fighter and has already beaten the odds.

"He is doing amazing," Makenzie Glenn said. "He's started communicating a lot better with us. Before, they said until he gets a kidney, he won't walk and won't talk, and he is doing both, and I give it to God, and I think it's our faith that has brought us this far."

A transplant success would mean saying goodbye to all the machines now required to keep Jace alive.

Medical City nurses have gotten so attached to Jace, the main nurse working with him came in Sunday on her day off to help get him ready for Monday's surgery.

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