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Amari was diagnosed with hydronephrosis when she was born, her right kidney was enlarged the first year of her life. Amari spent a great deal of time on antibiotics and went through a lot of testing to check the urine flow bladder and kidney function. Amari underwent surgery on May 9th, 2013, a month after her first birthday to remove the bottom right part of the enlarged kidney. Since that time, she has been up and down with her health. Whenever she has a fever her parents must ensure it is not due to her kidneys. This requires her needing to go through a great due of urine samples, X-rays and blood work. Her mother shared, “It is very difficult at times knowing that there is something going on in your child’s body that you have no control over. Especially when she gets fevers and they won’t break with Tylenol or Ibuprofen and you just must wait for the antibiotic to kick in to get some type of relief.” Amari’s family participates in the Greater Baltimore Kidney Walk because Amari’s mother lost her grandmother to kidney failure and her aunt passed away from kidney cancer. It doesn’t stop there – her family also has a cousin and friend who are both on dialysis and waiting on the kidney donor list for a transplant.