State: Roseville, CA
Facility: Kaiser Permanente – Roseville
10-year-old Jordyn simply thought she wasn’t feeling well. She had a fever that lasted for six days before she began experiencing severe pain on her right side. They took her to the doctor and ran a battery of tests. Appendicitis was ruled out. Many of the tests were extremely invasive, but she endured them all. Her family had to travel a couple of hours to Oakland, CA to a kidney specialist who confirmed that Jordyn was born with an extra ureter and her right kidney was only functioning about 80%. Her family decided that surgery was necessary. The plan was to remove the extra ureter and reconnect it, but when the surgeon observed that the procedure would be more complicated because the extra ureter was so swollen. Five hours later, her surgery was complete and she woke up with more bandages than anticipated. Initially, she was supposed to have a catheter in for 6 weeks but to everyone’s surprise, she was up walking after the first day and they were even able to remove it completely. The medical team was shocked because she had just undergone major surgery! Jordyn comes from a very supportive family, and loves Wizards of Waverly, Taylor Swift, and Hannah Montana. She has a smile that will light up any room and a positive attitude that is contagious!