Teen's nosebleed saves lives of three of her family members
Crystal Enns' simple trip to the doctor for a nosebleed potentially saved the lives of three members of her family.
It all started in 2013 when the 17-year-old's parents first realized that their daughter had a serious nosebleed that wouldn't stop.
A trip to the doctor revealed that Crystal was diagnosed with juvenile nephronophthisis -- a very serious kidney disease. The National Institute of Health reports that the disease causes "inflammation and scarring of the kidneys and ultimately leads to a life-threatening failure of kidney function."
In fact, Crystal's condition was serious enough to call for a transplant. "I didn't want to talk about it," she told local station KTVT. "I didn't want to think that that would have to happen."
Dr. Albert Quan, a pediatric nephrologist at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas treated Crystal, but he said that the nosebleed had no correlation with the rare kidney disease. Standard lab tests revealed that there is in fact a connection.
While Crystal's parents were immediately ready to jump in and donate their kidneys, doctors found something that prevented this from happening. When Cristy -- the teen's mother -- was tested, the doctors found a spot on her kidney, which led to more tests for cancer and kidney disease.
Crystal's father, Mark Enns was next to be tested for potential donation, but doctors found his results to be even more alarming. Not only was her father unable to be a donor candidate, but he they found that he had kidney cancer.
Mark told KTVT, "The doctor that called said, 'This is lights and sirens, this is top of your to do list, this needs to come out right away, this doesn't look good."
The family was hit hard with more bad news when the scan of Crystal's mother's kidney came through. She, too, had the same kind of cancer. Because the cancer was caught so early, both parents were treated with an operation and did not need chemotherapy.
The situation had another silver lining, too. Even though Crystal's parents weren't able to donate a kidney to their daughter, her aunt was a perfect match. This past April, Crystal successfully underwent kidney transplant surgery. She is headed to school this fall.
In the meantime, Crystal's parents hope their story encourages others to consider being organ donors.
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