Welcome to our CaringBridge site! We want to share the amazing journey we are taking with you. Thank you for coming along! On February 13, 2006, on his due date, a healthy baby boy was born to Stephanie and Erin Walker. He came home with us a few days later and continued to amaze us like any newborn to new parents would. On May 2nd, 2006, we thought Ryan was sick with the flu. In working overnight with our pediatrician, they thought he might be a little dehydrated so we should take him to Children's Hospital to get some IV fluids. Once we were there and they were administering the fluids, Ryan went into respiratory failure. He had pulmonary edema due to the fluid getting into his lungs as his body was retaining fluids. Within hours, we knew that he had renal failure. We went through every possible scenario that it had to be something else. The doctor's continued to share with us that it was not. We quickly moved to begin dialysis. Ryan's blood pressure was very difficult to control with medication. Over the next few days, it was determined that Ryan's kidney's would need to be removed so that we could better control the blood pressure. Because of the stresses his body had been through, we would not be able to remove the kidneys until May 17th. At that same time, they inserted a peritoneal dialysis catheter. About nine months later, peritoneal dialysis stopped working efficiently and a hemodialysis catheter was inserted and we spent the next four months doing hemodialysis three days a week for three hours at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. On June 18, 2007, Ryan received a new kidney from Stephanie. Since then he has been growing and getting stronger each and every day. As with any journey of this nature, we have our medical ups and downs but generally enjoy as normal life as life will allow. Thank you for all of your thoughts and prayers, they are much needed and much appreciated!