Rising above the obstacles
Local boy spends 20 hours a week in 4-H activities despite having kidney disease
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
At first glace, Dakota Watson looks like any other 11-year-old boy. He banters with his sister, loves basketball and is growing out of clothes faster than his mom can buy them.But the fact that Dakota is even alive is a miracle in itself.
The Camas resident was born with serious medical complications, including a cross-fused ectopic kidney. By the time Dakota was two days old, he had been through two surgeries.
“He wasn’t expected to even survive,” recalled his mom, Samantha.
But Dakota was a fighter and still is, she added.
“The doctors thought he would have to get a kidney transplant by the time he was 2,” Samantha said. “Every time it sounds really bad, he just finds a way to pull through it.”