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Family Calls On Community For Assistance 13 Year Old Living With Kidney Disorder

Family Calls On Community For Assistance
13 Year Old Living With Kidney Disorder

Pluto brings a smile to Joey's face.

Pluto brings a smile to Joey's face.

By Paula Montemorano

Thirteen-year-old Joey Hill is in need of the community’s help. Joey has been afflicted with a kidney disorder since he was 11 months old. As of present time only one of Joey’s kidneys is working and is only 14 percent functional. His mother, Catherine Carmel Smith, is donating her kidney for the sake of saving her child’s life.

Doctor’s have not yet been able to diagnose Joey’s disease. Since he was 11 months old, Joey has slowly become paraplegic. At one time he was able to run around using a hand held walker, but today Joey is mostly restricted to a wheelchair.

Joey and his mother were forced to move out of their rented apartment because a foreclosure on the home. They were required to take the first available apartment. Their new home is not wheelchair accessible and the cost of ramps and railings, and other helpful accessories such as transportation, are much too costly for the family to afford.

During the next week, Joey will not be able to play with his friends or come in contact with anything that may cause him to become sick. Joey and his mother will be going in for the life saving operation next week on February 1 at Montefiore Hospital. The recovery time for such an operation could be as long as six months. During this time Catherine will not be able to work causing a burden on their tight financial situation.

St. Rose of Lima Church and the family set up a fund in Joey’s name. Donations may be sent to St. Rose of Lima Church, 130 Beach 84 street, in care of the Joey Hill Fund.

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