Coen Ashton is waiting to hear if he can undergo a kidney transplant. He received a double lung transplant a few years ago.
Coen Ashton is waiting to hear if he can undergo a kidney transplant. He received a double lung transplant a few years ago. Contributed

New hopes Coen can have second transplant

DAWN Ashton would give anything to make her son Coen better, even her kidney.

Throughout the next few weeks doctors will decide if former Fraser Coast teen Coen is well enough to undergo a kidney transplant.

A cystic fibrosis sufferer, Coen underwent a double lung transplant in 2012 at the age of 15, which gave him a new lease on life.

The Ashton's moved down to Melbourne last year after Coen's kidneys deteriorated and he was forced to go on dialysis.

Coen has been battling extreme side-effects from the dialysis and doctors told him he wasn't well enough to undergo a transplant.

"It takes too much out of his body," Dawn said.

"It's eating away at his muscles."

But Dawn is hopeful doctors may explore ways to get Coen to the point where he will be healthy enough to undergo another transplant.

"We're trying to get him well enough to accept a kidney," she said.

If it happens, Dawn said it would either be herself or Coen's father Mark who would donate a kidney.

Doctors told Dawn that Coen's best chance for success was a live donor as they could then plan his surgery rather than waiting for a kidney from a deceased donor.

However surgery will be made even more complicated by the fact Coen has already undergone a major transplant

Dawn said because he had been so ill, Coen had not been able to spend time with his friends or be as active as he liked.


 



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