Evan Ranieri looks and acts like an average toddler, but the 2 year old has been fighting since the day he was born. His kidneys are underdeveloped and he spends countless hours hooked up to a dialysis machine. The hospital has become his second home.
"It's really difficult. The first couple of times, you can't really put it into words. But we've grown accustomed to this," Evan's mom Melissa Ranieri said Friday.
But this Mother's Day, Evan's mom is getting a gift by giving. She just found out she's an organ donor match for her son.
"It was a lot of emotions," Melissa Ranieri said.
Evan's dad says the kidney transplant will give his son a chance at a normal life.
"I think it's unbelievable, the fact that we'll be able to go swimming, something like that. He can't get wet. Stuff like that is just awesome," Paul Ranieri said.
In the meantime, the family is counting down the days until a life free of cords and catheters. It's all thanks to a trait moms are honored for each Mother's Day: selflessness.
"You want to go parade in the streets but you know, it's hard to quantify what she's doing for him, or put down in writing or wrap up and give. It's amazing, the sacrifice she's doing for him. It's rare that a parent can give life to a child twice," Paul Ranieri said Friday.
The transplant surgery is scheduled for later this month. To follow Evan's journey, visit www.cotaforevanr.com
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