Church member to help girl in need of new kidney in Moore County

When Jennifer Tapp heard about the 9 year old's need, she volunteered to donate one of her kidneys.
February 3, 2014 8:26:15 PM PST
A little girl in need of a new kidney is getting a second chance thanks to the generosity of a family friend.

Jennifer Trapp goes to the same church as 9-year-old Evie Wentz. When she heard about Evie's need, she volunteered to donate one of her kidneys.

"I don't think anything happens out of circumstance," said Trapp. "I just feel it's an opportunity to give this little girl a chance at her childhood."

Right now, Evie has to be connected to a dialysis machine in her bedroom for 10 hours a day, every day.

"It makes me tired, and sometimes it hurts while I am doing it," said Evie.

In Dec. 2012, Evie was rushed to UNC-Hospital in Chapel Hill with acute kidney failure, and has been in and out several times since then.

Doctors told the family that Evie needs a kidney transplant. When they told their church family, Trapp was the first to volunteer.

"My husband and I were talking about what Evie's dad had told him about what she needed, and I said, 'How about me," said Trapp.

"We are beyond lucky and blessed that one, she is willing, and two, she is able to do this," said Evie's dad, Tyler Wentz.

For Trapp, a 31-year-old mother of three, it's a leap of faith. It's a decision she and her husband aren't worried about.

"If I had any doubts, they are gone," said Trapp.

Through fundraisers, and online donations, the family has raised about half the $45,000 needed for Evie's medical expenses. More fundraisers are planned before the Feb. 18 transplant surgery.

"I want to thank everybody that has helped me," said Evie.

Evie's appreciation, her courage and spirit, are echoed by her fondest wish.

"I want to swim again, and climb trees," she said.

Click here to follow Evie's progress on Facebook.

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