Maddalena Tray's entrance into the world in February 2017 came with several unforeseen complications. In addition to metabolic acidosis, a condition wherein the amount of acid in the blood is out of balance, Maddalena had possible brain damage and acute liver and kidney failure. Maddalena received an extraordinary amount of blood the night she was born and more than 40 blood products during her 40-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit.
Today, Maddalena is doing well. She continues to see the nephrologist for her chronic kidney disease and may need a kidney transplant in the future. Her family is hosting their 6th annual replenishment drive and plans to do so yearly. To make an appointment: Visit vitalant.org and click the "Log In" button. On the new window, choose Donor Login (previous donor) or New Donor (haven't donated with Vitalant before), search with group code Z0021026, or call 412.209.7000.