Kinley’s battle

Kinley was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Hypodiploid on September 6, 2011 after coming home from school with some lumps on her face. She had her port placed the following day and started chemo. She didn’t go into remission after her first phase of treatment so her doctors determined she would need more aggressive chemo as well as a bone marrow transplant. On Jan. 5, 2012, Kinley was admitted to the hospital for 6 radiation treatments, followed by very aggressive chemo and she received her bone marrow transplant on Jan. 19, 2012. The transplant was very rough on her body, causing organs to shut down, her airway to swell placing her in PICU on a ventilator. She also needed dialysis and had pneumonia in both lungs. She fought in the PICU for 2 ½ weeks to and received 3 white blood cell transfusions to help her heal and for her transplant to take over in her body. Finally, the healing took place and after being in the hospital for 3 months, Kinley got to go home to be with her family.

“Nationwide Children’s is our second home and sense of security. Since Kinley’s diagnosis, we rely on them to tell us our baby is ok and not sick anymore. We wait patiently for clear test and scans. We return to pay it forward by delivering crafts to the floor. Our doctors and nurses are our friends and family,” says Kinley’s mom, Michelle.

Through her experience as a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Kinley wants to someday help others as well, as a Flight Nurse. She is an active girl who participates in competitive cheerleading and softball.

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Kinley was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Hypodiploid on September 6, 2011 after coming home from school with some lumps on her face. She had her port placed the following day and started chemo. She didn’t go into remission after her first phase of treatment so her doctors determined she would need more aggressive chemo as well as a bone marrow transplant. On Jan. 5, 2012, Kinley was admitted to the hospital for 6 radiation treatments, followed by very aggressive chemo and she received her bone marrow transplant on Jan. 19, 2012. The transplant was very rough on her body, causing organs to shut down, her airway to swell placing her in PICU on a ventilator. She also needed dialysis and had pneumonia in both lungs. She fought in the PICU for 2 ½ weeks to and received 3 white blood cell transfusions to help her heal and for her transplant to take over in her body. Finally, the healing took place and after being in the hospital for 3 months, Kinley got to go home to be with her family.

“Nationwide Children’s is our second home and sense of security. Since Kinley’s diagnosis, we rely on them to tell us our baby is ok and not sick anymore. We wait patiently for clear test and scans. We return to pay it forward by delivering crafts to the floor. Our doctors and nurses are our friends and family,” says Kinley’s mom, Michelle.

Through her experience as a patient at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Kinley wants to someday help others as well, as a Flight Nurse. She is an active girl who participates in competitive cheerleading and softball.

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