• By Dana Sparks

Sharing Mayo Clinic: Bring this young patient now

October 29, 2017

Dr. Preito with transplant patient
When 4-year-old Maksim Messerer's kidney function declined suddenly and unexpectedly, surgical staff from across Mayo Clinic quickly came together to perform his kidney transplant several weeks ahead of schedule.

New Year's Eve is supposed to be a time of celebration and hope. But for Jeremiah and Rachael Messerer, Dec. 31, 2014, was anything but celebratory. As people around the world gathered to ring in the New Year, Jeremiah and Rachael were inside a pediatric intensive care unit in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with their young son, Maksim.

Admitted for severe lethargy and dehydration, Maksim quickly got worse instead of better. Doctors discovered he'd been infected with E. coli, which then suddenly progressed to hemolytic uremic syndrome and kidney failure.

"He began peritoneal dialysis the very next day," Jeremiah says. "A week later he went into septic shock and was intubated. He was in a very critical state, and his doctors were very concerned."

So were his parents. And that concern would only grow when Maksim was taken in for a major surgery of his abdomen, during which the majority of his large intestine was removed. "At that time he was also switched over to hemodialysis," Jeremiah says. Read the rest of Maksim's story.

This article originally appeared on the Sharing Mayo Clinic blog.