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Charles Kwon and Julie Corder

The call had come. A donor was identified for 18-year-old Tim. His path to transplantation was not the smoothest, but in many ways, it was perhaps quite typical. He had received a diagnosis of Alport syndrome at a young age. Throughout his adolescence, his engagement was poor. He had received immunosuppressive therapy for a few years, with fluctuant drug levels. He often sat through appointments without his hearing aids and would provide very little independent information.

When renal replacement therapy loomed near, his mother was intent on a pre-emptive transplant. Immediately, we had concerns about nonadherence and subsequent graft failure.