"I'm just lovin' it!" Dominic's Riley journey

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Riley kid Dominic L’aron Young and his mother mother, Rita Maxie

As Dominic L’aron Young wheels his chair past the statue of James Whitcomb Riley in the atrium at Riley Hospital, it’s clear he knows his way around this place.
The soft-spoken North Central High School student who loves video games and Mariah Carey music has been a Riley Kid since birth.

Kidney problems kept him in the Riley Newborn Intensive Care Unit for a month, and severe reflux meant he needed Nissen surgery and a feeding tube. His family later discovered he also had cerebral palsy, and he began receiving surgery and therapy through Riley’s Developmental Pediatrics team.

Last May, when Dominic’s kidneys had become too weak to support his growth, William Goggins, M.D., performed transplant surgery. “Oh, he is the greatest!” says Dominic’s mother, Rita Maxie, of the transplant surgeon. “Dominic loves him to death.” They also appreciate nephrologist Corrina Nailescu, M.D., who has overseen his kidney care. “She is a wonderful doctor,” says Rita.

More than a year later, Dominic says his new kidney has made him feel like a new person. “I feel great!” he says. “I’ve got plenty of energy – I’m just lovin’ it.”
When asked how she feels about Riley Hospital, Rita doesn’t simply express gratitude; she pours out a sincere soliloquy of thanks and praise:

“To everybody in Riley, from the time he was born, thank you very much. I appreciate and I love everybody at Riley for supporting me and my son. Thank you very much from the bottom of my heart for saving my son and supporting us. Without you, I wouldn’t know what to do.”

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