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Santa Barbara family seeks community’s help to save their son’s life

Hudson Nash
John palminteri
The family of a young Santa Barbara boy in need of a kidney transplant needs donations urgently to get a donor flown in for the surgery. (Photo: John Palminteri)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - A Santa Barbara family is looking for community help to save the life of their nearly two-year old son, Hudson.

He was born with a life threatening kidney condition.

The situation is now a dire emergency.

Fortunately a family donor was found.

However, it involved a cross country flight from North Carolina that was all set for April but abruptly called off due to COVID-19 restrictions and the hold on a planned surgery.

Now an on line fundraising campaign has begun to get a private flight for the donor to make a rescheduled surgery in July at Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles.

"Luckily we feel are fortunate enough  to have  a wonderful support group to take care of him the way he needs to be taken care of ," said Hudson's mother Jamie. " Even though with a living donor which we are fortunate to have, the kidney only lasts 15 to 20 years,  so this is something Hudson will have to deal with his entire life.

Hudson is moving about as an active child, and plays with his older sister daily. His health issues, however, are very much on the mind of his parents as they observe him day by day.

"He has a really kind soul. We can really tell he is not feeling well  as the days progress. We are hoping all that turns around," said Andrew Nash, Hudson's father.

Jamie Nash says already her co-workers at PROCORE Technologies in Carpinteria have jump started a new on line fundraising effort with several thousand dollars. The fundraising issue was announced in a company-wide message this week by CEO Tooey Cortemanche.

The company is also hoping its corporate construction and NASCAR racing sponsors will help with the cause as the message moves forward.

The link to donate is at : Children's Organ Transplant Association

Any money raised beyond what is needed for the upcoming donor flight will go into a medical fund for Hudson who will have many years of special care ahead.

Safety / Santa Barbara- S County / What's Right

John Palminteri

John Palminteri is senior reporter for KEYT NewsChannel 3 and KCOY 12 Central Coast News.