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UIHC Helps Give Mother a Special Day

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    May 11, 2014 | 10:39 pm

    IOWA CITY, Iowa ó A Nevada woman got a special Motherís Day gift from specialists at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics this year: A good health report after a lengthy battle with a rare disease. Jessica Ferrato, 31, was diagnosed with Atypical Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome shortly after giving birth to a daughter in 2012.

    The disease put Jessica on dialysis and forced her to search for a new kidney. In February Ferratoís stepmom donated her a healthy kidney. Jessica traveled to Iowa City for the transplant and treatment after discovering specialistís knowledge of the disease at UIHC.

    This past week when Jessica returned to Iowa City doctors were pleased with her health.

    This will be the first year Jessica has been able to celebrate Motherís Day a healthy woman with her daughter. She said she planned to spend the day with her stepmom, daughter and other family members.

    When she was 18, Jessica donated a kidney to her sister, who was diagnosed with the same disease years earlier.