Young kidney transplant recipient has new lease on life

WHISPERING PINES, N.C. (WTVD) -- In Moore County, it's a dream come true for a 10-year-old girl who struggled to live like a normal little girl before her kidney transplant.

We first introduced you to Evie Wentz in February right before her life-saving surgery.

Now, thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Evie's wish for a magical treehouse has now come true.

Evie said the kidney transplant has given her a new lease on life!

"I feel energetic and happy," said Evie. "I have a transplant, and I feel much better, and so happy to play with my friends again."

In 2012, an infection caused Evie's kidneys and pancreas to shut down. Doctors told Evie's parents their little girl needed a transplant and daily dialysis just to survive.

They turned to their church family for support. One of the members, Jennifer Trapp, volunteered to be a donor and was a near perfect match.

In February, Evie got a second chance at life, and now her Mom says Evie's recovery has been miraculous.

"She is so strong, and her faith is so strong, and she just keeps going," said Heather Wentz. "She keeps smiling."

This summer, volunteers with the Make-A-Wish Foundation built a huge club house in the Wentz's back yard.

Before her transplant, Evie wished to be able to climb and play again. Now she slides, climbs and swings. She is grateful all the prayers and support.

"I feel grateful to them because if those people had not helped me out, I would not be here," said Evie.

But she is here, and with few limitations. She's an active 10 year old who is living proof her parents say that prayers are answered and wishes can come true.

"I believe we have been truly blessed," said Evie's dad, Tyler Wentz. "She will be with us for a long time I think. She is a fighter."

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