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July 6th, 2015

Family Kidney Failure

By uclahealth

Family Kidney Failure“Everything goes back to my grandmother. She passed away from kidney failure. My mom (left) has it, my sister has it and I have it,” says 27-­‐year-­‐old Antonio Negrite, who has Alport’s syndrome, a genetic disease that leads to kidney failure. “My older brother, who passed away, was the first one to get diagnosed. We all got tested after that. Everyone has it, except for my dad. I was the first one to go on dialysis, at age 19. My mom started dialysis five years ago, and so far my sister isn’t on dialysis. I got my kidney transplant two months ago, and the care here [at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center] is the best I’ve had. I feel confident that they’re going to come in and they’re going to do whatever they can to fix my problem.”

Tags: Alport’s syndrome, dialysis, genetic disease, Kidney Disease, kidney failure, kidney transplant, Nephrology, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Surgery, Transplant

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