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Welcome to our CaringBridge site! We want to share the amazing journey we are taking with you. Thank you for coming along!


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!

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Erin Walker posted a new journal entry, "Five Year Transplant Anniversary".

Five years ago today, Ryan's life was saved by his mom.  1827 precious days.  Most good, some bad, but they were ours to be had.  Words can not explain our immense ... Read more

Michele Halpern signed Ryan's Guestbook.

I love reading your updates. They are such a reminder of how a little boy can overcome the biggest challenges and enjoy life! You are fantastic friends and parents and an ... Read more

Gene and Stet Fadale signed Ryan's Guestbook.

Gosh-5 years.  Wonderful milestone!  Gene and I can't wait to hear about all the years ahead.  You guys are a great family and we love you!!!! xoxo Read more

Doreen Leech signed Ryan's Guestbook.

I'm reading this at work and tears are in my eyes. I love you guys - may God continue to bless you all in the years ahead. You are ALL amazing! "Aunt Doreena" Read more

Ellen Ruddock signed Ryan's Guestbook.

We have been in the neighborhood and thinking of your Disney stay every day.  So glad to hear it was a good time for all.  We celebrate each of you and your courage.  ... Read more

Glenda Appleton signed Ryan's Guestbook.

What a wonderful post.  I wish you all happiness and health in the years to come.  Enjoy your family!  They grow so fast!  Read more

Erin Walker posted a new journal entry, "Five Year Transplant Anniversary".

Five years ago today, Ryan's life was saved by his mom.  1827 precious days.  Most good, some bad, but they were ours to be had.  Words can not explain our immense ... Read more

Jeannie Wattras signed Ryan's Guestbook.

Congrats Steph--I am so thrilled for all of you!  I am so happy to hear how well Ryan has taken to being a big brother!  Enjoy these precious times...you guys deserve ... Read more

Monica Lyon signed Ryan's Guestbook.

Wow...I had no idea this beautiful addition Brady was on the way.  I am beyond thrilled for each of you.  And Ryan is the big brother!  This is the best news I've heard ... Read more

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