Laith had surgery to implant a catheter to allow him to take dialysis from home, but what he needs soon is a kidney.
“He desperately needs one now,” said Makoshi. “It’s stressful, because you don’t' know what's going to happen.”
The disease has already impacted Laith’s growth, but his mother just wants to see him well enough to go back to school.
“So he could just be like all the other kids his age instead of being in the hospital all of the time,” said Makoshi.
Laith survived his first heart transplant when he was just a baby, and now his mother is hopeful he will overcome this but needs help.
“If there's anybody that's ever thought about donating a kidney that maybe now is the right time,” said Makoshi.
Laith's blood type is B positive, so he can accept a kidney from a donor with an O or B blood type, positive or negative.
If someone is a match and would like to donate, please contact their kidney coordinator, Angela Barber, at 412-647-5489 and provide the name of Laith Dougherty. And yes, adults can donate.