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Tifton woman offers kidney to ailing child

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Jessica Hall wants to donate her kidney after hearing about seven-year-old Quinn Roberts' rare disorder Jessica Hall wants to donate her kidney after hearing about seven-year-old Quinn Roberts' rare disorder

By Delivrine Registre - bio | email

December 29, 2008

TIFTON, GA (WALB) - A Tifton woman is willing to go under the knife to help save a child she doesn't even know. Jessica Hall wants to donate her kidney after hearing about a little Georgia girl's illness.

7-year-old Quinn Roberts has a rare genetic disorder. She wrote a letter to Santa asking for a kidney, and now Hall wants to help make that Christmas wish come true. Everyday 17 people die waiting for an organ transplant. And Jessica Hall wants to help make sure the seven-year-old out of Atlanta doesn't become one of them.

Jessica Hall said this is the least she could do. "It's something that I can live without. It's something that she could live with. And it's a chance to give her life," said Hall. 

And when she heard Quinn Robert's Christmas wish; she felt immediately called to action. "This little girl wrote a letter to Santa. She didn't ask for a baby doll. She didn't ask for a playstation. All she was asking for is life, just to live," said Hall.

Roberts suffers from polycystic kidney disease. A diseases that causes cysts to grow and often leads to kidney failure. "I never in my life have had a surgery, but God gave me life. The least I could do is give a kidney. That was nothing compared to what was given to me to be here."

Hall is the mother of three, two of which suffer from autism. Her youngest underwent life saving surgery when he was only five weeks old. So she sympathizes with Quinn's mother.

"He didn't need a donor or anything like that, but just the not knowing if my child is going to survive makes me relate to that mother because I am sure she wonders everyday if her child is going to survive," said Hall.

Hall hopes to get tested to see if one of her kidney's can go to Quinn. But even if she is not a match, she hopes others will follow. "I hope this is a message for everyone else to stand up and be tested for this little girl and other children like her," said Hall.

Jessica Hall is now in touch with that seven-year-old's mother through the PKD foundation. They are arranging a test date to see if her kidney will be compatible with Quinn Roberts. More than 95,000 people in the U.S. are waiting for an organ transplant. And more than 4,000 people are added to that list every month.

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