Public rallies around Queens girl who needs new kidney

Dr. Sapna Parikh with the story from Oakland Gardens, Queens.
April 4, 2014 4:54:16 PM PDT
Kinsey Saleh, 5, is usually a bundle of energy. But in January, her mother noticed she wasn't her usual self.

"She was out of breath a lot. I got concerned," said her mother, Nadine Morsi, who lives in Oakland Garden, Queens.

Blood tests showed her kidneys had failed and she needs a transplant. "My kidneys are sick," she said this week.

Kinsey was rushed to the hospital and is now on dialysis three days a week ever since. She needs a transplant.

"It takes a toll on the kids, they're tired, exhausted," said Dr. Corinne Benchimol, a Mount Sinai Hospital nephrologist.

Kinsey's doctors said they've been overwhelmed with people via her Facebook page and media coverage wanting to donate a kidney for Kinsey. Some have said that even if they're not a match for her, they would donate to someone else. In fact, anyone between the ages of 18 and 60 can be a living donor.

"She was healthy and active. Suddenly, out of nowhere, this came and changed our lives completely ," said Morsi.

Donors mainly have to be healthy, said Benchimol. "No high blood pressure, no diabetes, free of cancer, infections," she said.

Morsi said she hopes her daughter -- and other kids also in need of a donor - find their hero.

For more information on becoming a kidney donor, click here.

Kidney for Kinsey Facebook page: