KALIDA - A benefit is planned for Luke Kaufman, Kalida, on Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Kalida K of C Hall. Luke is 17 years old and has had two kidney transplants and is awaiting a liver transplant. He has had numerous hospital admissions this year. Family and friends of Luke's family are planning this benefit to assist with medical expenses related to multiple hospitializations and an upcoming liver transplant.
Luke was born Feb.27,1996 and diagnosed with Auto Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease. (ARPKD).
Luke also has Congenital Hepatic Fibrosis with Esophageal Varices, which is a liver disease that accompanies his kidney disease. On January 30, 2001, Luke received a donated kidney. The following year, Luke had his spleen removed. In addition, he has had pancreatitis, mycoplasma pneumonia, and many other unidentified infections.
On July 25, 2012, Luke received a second kidney transplant from Kendra, his non-related, living donor. On Dec.31, 2012, Luke became suddenly ill. He had septic shock with multi-system failure. He was on a ventilator, dialysis and every type of support they could do for him in ICU at Nationwide Children's Hospital.
On Feb. 12, 2012, Luke again was admitted in septic shock. This time, no source was identified. In June, it was decided that Luke needed a biliary stent placed to help drain the bile. This was done in Cincinnati Children's Hospital, where his family was told on Aug. 8 that Luke needs a liver transplant. Luke has been evaluated at both Cincinnati Children's Hospital and the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, and is now on both transplant lists awaiting transplant.
The benefit itself will be a fun-filled day which will begin with a 5K race set to begin at 10 a.m. (registration begins at 9am), followed by the OSU football game, a pork loin dinner from 4 to 7 p..m, music, auctions and raffles. Food and refreshments will be available throughout the day. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/Lukesbenefit.