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8/14/04-Smith County

Wish Granted To East Texas Boy

They're in the business of granting wishes, and Saturday they made one East Texas boy's wish, come true.

12-year-old Cody Jewell was diagnosed with complete kidney failure in February.  When the "Make-a-a Wish Foundation" came calling soon after, Cody knew exactly what he wanted.

Cody is like most other 12-year-olds, except for one big difference.  Since birth, he has had major problems with his kidneys.

"To sit there and watch him go through life and not be able to do what other kids do and to sit there and him always saying why can't I do this why can't I do that," said Cody's dad Steven.

In and out of the hospital, Cody survived for 12 years on his underperforming kidneys.  Then in February, during an emergency visit to the hospital, Cody was diagnosed with total kidney failure.

"Just everything that went on he sat there and looked up at me at 3 o'clock in the morning and said 'Dad I give up' and I said 'You can't give up'.

Things quickly began looking up.  Approached by the Make-a-Wish folks, Cody asked for his own set of drums.  Saturday, with the help of friends, they made that wish a reality.  Cody says he is happy to finally have his drum set.  It's a blessing for mom and dad too.

"It'll be noisy around the house for a little while but it will be exciting just listening to him as he progresses and he comes along with it," said Steven.

"He's a very talented young man and music is his passion and I just think it's incredible that he gets to live this out through the Make-a-Wish Foundation," said mom, Laurie.

With a transplant set for October, Laurie hopes this gift is a symbol of better days to come.

"He's in great health right now and so we're anticipating that everything will go well with that and he'll be able to lead a normal life."

Before the year is up, the "Make-a-Wish Foundation" in East Texas will have helped nearly a hundred kids, get their wishes.  Cody is set to receive a new kidney from an uncle.  His surgery is set for late October.

Chris Gibson, reporting
cgibson@kltv.com

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