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Samantha Hayes Reporting Maliyah Herrin is doing much better. Doctors were concerned over the well-known, separated twin, that her transplanted kidney was malfunctioning. That kidney is the only one she has.
The girls' mother, Erin Herrin, was the kidney donor for that surgery earlier in the year. She brought Maliyah to the hospital a few days ago when she started running a fever.
Maliyah Herrin has been doing remarkably well after a marathon separation surgery nine months ago and a transplanted kidney operation six weeks ago, but doctors warn there can be bumps in the road, and last weekend they hit one.
"She started having pain on Saturday, excruciating pain and they started figuring out it was her kidney," Erin said.
She says Maliyah is doing much better and her creatinine levels are down. Kidneys remove creatinine, which is a waste product, from our blood. A high level indicates a problem with kidney function. Doctors say this was a minor rejection and is common for transplant patients.
Erin says, "I just wish it hadn't happened so soon after and it would have been nice to have it never happen."
The transplant operation was also a risk for Erin. She was the donor for her daughter. She tells us she's still recovering, but feeling good. "I'm still sore but it was sooo worth it."
Erin brought the other children to the hospital Wednesday to visit and play with Maliyah. She says all the kids are better when they are together.