Published On: Fri, Mar 24th, 2017

Randolph native hoping for a new kidney for her baby

NORFOLK — Alexis Fuerhoff has taken more medicine in two and a half years than her mom, Kelly, has in a lifetime.
That’s a lot, especially considering Lexi — as her family calls her — won’t turn 3 years of age until July.
“She’s the strongest person I think I’ve ever met in my life,” said Kelly Fuerhoff, a Randolph native and sergeant first class with the U.S. Army who is on the search of a lifetime to improve her daughter’s health.
At six months old, Lexi was diagnosed with congenital nephrotic syndrome (CNS), a genetic disorder that has resulted in the removal of both of the child’s kidneys.
Fuerhoff said the first indication of her daughter’s failing health came while visiting relatives for the weekend in Norfolk when Lexi was only six weeks old.
“She was fussier than usual, wasn’t eating very much that weekend and was pale,” she said.
Although her abdomen had begun getting bigger, Lexi had received clean bills of health at her regular well-baby checkups. During that visit to Norfolk, however, Fuerhoff ended up taking Lexi to the emergency room at Faith Regional Health Services, where an x-ray on her abdomen led to a LifeNet helicopter flight to Omaha.

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