Diagnosed at age 9 with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis (FSGS), a disease affecting the 1 million-plus tiny kidney structures (glomeruli) that filter blood, Matthew grew weaker each year.
Matthew and his mother Jennifer Francis, LPN, who also has the disease, alternated dialysis days — three days a week each, for four hours a day. Sunday was their only dialysis-free day. “Each time I had dialysis,” says Matthew, “it worked less and less. I needed a new kidney to save my life.”