Teen with kidney disease holds dance recital in New Orleans hospital

Published On: Jun 10 2013 07:51:50 AM HST

A 13-year-old girl's dream came true with a special dance recital at Children's Hospital on Thursday.

Rain Hidalgo's battle with kidney disease has kept her from attending her real recital at home. But dialysis or no dialysis, the show must go on.

"I am here because I am waiting on a kidney transplant. Both of my kidneys are really bad," said Hidalgo.

"I am happy she is going to do this. This should definitely make her happy," said pediatric nephrologist Dr. Franca Iorember.

"She's been here a long time. She's missed some recitals, so instead of bringer her to the recital, we brought the recital to her," said Jeff Helminger, of the Children's Hospital.

The teen organized the show, putting together the program, door prizes and her dance.

"I'm excited. She's been through a lot, and she deserves this," said dialysis manager Evie Jenkins.

"She is always my special, special star, always. And I am just overwhelmed," said the teen's grandmother, Josette Hidalgo.

"I don’t care if this is my last year to dance. All I want to do is get that trophy and show my last dance to everyone," said Rain Hidalgo. "It felt like I was in heaven, like nothing in the world was here.  I wasn't in the hospital, like all I had was God, and I was up in heaven just floating on air."

The teen got her trophy, the requisite bouquets of roses and a memory that she and many others will hold dear for the rest of their lives.


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