Nosebleeds are usually not out of the ordinary for some people, but for 14-year-old Crystal Enns, her nosebleed changed her whole family’s lives forever.
Crystal had a nosebleed that just wouldn’t stop. That’s when her parents, Mark and Cristy Enns, decided to take her to the hospital.
Dr. Albert Quan examined Crystal and her nosebleed was not the cause for concern. He discovered that she had a life-threatening disease called juvenile nephronophthisis and she was going to need a kidney transplant.
Mark and Christy were tested to see if they would be a match to donate a kidney to their daughter and in doing so, the doctors found a spot on Christy’s kidney.
This ruled her out for being a donor. But, when they tested Mark, things got really eerie for the entire family.
Mark and Christy were both diagnosed with the same type of kidney cancer! Luckily, the doctors caught it in time to save them both from needing chemotherapy.
The whole family was then very thankful for Crystal’s nosebleed, because in it’s own way – it saved all of their lives.
As for Crystal, she ended up finding a donor in her aunt and is feeling much better now after a long two years of fighting her illness.
Mark said, “The idea is, we’re going to go in and do something that can be life-saving for our daughter. They said, ‘Well, this may have saved your life.’ I would have never been tested otherwise.”
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