Rhea was born with a rare genetic liver disease. Because her disease is so rare, not many doctors know how to treat it. We went through several doctors before finding one with a solution for Rhea’s disease: a liver transplant. Rhea went to our local Children’s Medical Center which was a long way from our home. Doctors then discovered that the disease had damaged Rhea’s kidneys, so she would need a kidney transplant on top of the liver transplant. After waiting two and a half years, Rhea received both a kidney and a liver transplant.
So we as Rhea’s parents are taking turns caring for her each week during her recovery. The drive to the hospital is more than six hours long, and the time apart has been taxing on the family. Reliance Children’s Foundation was able to help with gas money for the long commute, which made everything easier to help care for Rhea as she recovers and starts her new life. We did not know how we would pay for all the bills, gas, and medical bills before Reliance Children’s Foundation came in and helped us through a very, very difficult time.