Twenty-three-year-old Yin Le was only in the fifth grade when she was diagnosed with end stage renal disease (ESRD), or uremia. Her normal, happy childhood took a difficult turn as she felt physically weaker and experienced dramatic weight loss.
Yin tried her best to attend school, but the disease kept her from her life as she once knew it. At the time, her sole focus was to survive.
It wasn’t until several months after her diagnosis that Yin learned her wish could become a reality. A doctor recommended that she begin peritoneal dialysis (PD) therapy, which works by cleaning the blood of toxins using the body's peritoneal membrane as the filter, to remove the toxins from the body. She and her parents took her doctor’s advice to start PD therapy, and she slowly started to regain her strength.
I was so excited that I was finally able to have lunch at school. I surprised my friends when I showed up in the cafeteria for the first time, and in that moment, I was filled with happiness.
Yin Le, former PD Patient
Soon enough, Yin was able to return to school, which she recalls with fondness. “I was so excited that I was finally able to have lunch at school,” she said. “I surprised my friends when I showed up in the cafeteria for the first time, and in that moment, I was filled with happiness.”
For Yin, returning to school meant returning to the normal childhood she once had. While Yin still needed to continue treatment, she was able to do so in the convenience and comfort of her own home using Baxter’s Automated Peritoneal Dialysis (APD) system, which PD patients can use while sleeping at night.
Eventually, the therapy helped Yin improve her physical state to prepare her for a kidney transplant, which she had when she found a matching donor a few years later. Since then, Yin has been able to recover to the maximum.
Today, Yin is applying for college, where she wants to pursue her love of design. She recently won first place in a design competition in her city, giving her high hopes for the future. She is also pursuing her love of traveling and hopes to one day visit Germany and the Netherlands.
“When I was sick I always hoped that I could live a life of an ordinary kid,” she said. “I never would have thought I could accomplish as much as I have. I’m grateful for the opportunities I have been given and look forward to everything the future has in store.”