Love Will find a way
Life after transplant took on a new normal for Levi and his family. But the Ryffs were in for an even greater surprise with their son. For nearly three years, Levi had received all his nutrition via a G-tube. “The older he got, the less he would eat until finally, he quit eating orally almost completely,” Julie said. “But, after his kidney transplant, Levi suddenly decided he was ready to eat.”
About a week after Levi was released from the hospital, the Ryffs decided to get some food to go. Levi ordered mac n’ cheese with his chicken nuggets and he ate every bite. “It seems kind of silly, but it was kind of emotional for both of us. He had been strictly tube fed for so long it was almost unbelievable to sit and watch him eat so much food! Since that day, he has eaten 3 meals a day, plus snacks,” Julie said.
Today, Levi is a healthy, talkative and compassionate 4-year-old. “Our biggest surprise over the last few years is Levi himself. He is strong and resilient. It seems like every time someone says Levi won't do something or will have delays with things, he is sure to prove them wrong. He has so many of his own issues to deal with, but he is always much more concerned about the people around him. He is a wonderful example of love and kindness,” Julie said.