Dakota “Koty” Hodskins was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in October 2019. He suffers from intellectual disability, short-term memory, and many other medical issues. Koty’s mother is on a mission to raise awareness about kidney disease and find a donor for her son.
I had the chance to speak to Becky Hodskins about Koty’s inspiring journey and I was left speechless. This young man has been through so much in his short life and deserves the blessing of a new kidney. The family is working with the Jewish Hospital of Louisville Transplant Center praying to find a suitable donor for Koty. He needs our help to overcome this disease. Luckily, he has a lot of beautiful people in his corner cheering him on.
Koty’s long journey
Becky says more about Koty and her journey, “Koty Hodskins was diagnosed with chronic kidney disease in 2019. Since then, he has been on home dialysis. I am doing peritoneal dialysis (home dialysis) for him. He is plugged in at night and is on an 11 hour machine while he sleeps. He struggled to regain his weight to at least 110, which is the minimum for a kidney transplant. He is 5ft 9in and currently weighs around 105/106 lbs. Last year he was down to 96 pounds and I was extremely anxious due to his poor health. He had no energy and spent most of the day in bed. The goal is to reach 110 pounds. The Transplant Center (Jewish Hospital of Louisville) wants him to reach 110.”
Christie Cockerell“I pray for him every night. I hope our wish for him comes true.”
Katherine Hodskins Barnoud“Pray for Koty and the whole family!”
Koty Hodskins is not fighting alone
Kidney disease isn’t Koty’s only battle,”Not only does Koty have CKD, but he had a brain injury at birth. He had his share of challenges. As his mother, I advocate for a living donor. We were told that Koty would have many physical, emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities when he was born. I’m proud to say that Koty can walk and talk. He graduated from regular high school and earned a college certificate. He desperately wants a job. He wants a normal life.,” Becky shared.
James Nbree Ralph“Send tons of prayers to him and your family.”
Cassandra Peters“Sending her lots of good vibes, warm hugs, good health and prayers. AMEN”
Rare kidney disease is hereditary
Becky shares her own struggles with this rare kidney disease, “I myself have had kidney problems with one of my kidneys not growing since birth and small ureters. Unfortunately, Koty also inherited the small ureters. We both had surgeries to enlarge them due to blockages. Therefore, it saddens me that I cannot donate to her. I pleaded for a kidney through the “A kidney for Koty“Facebook page. I had a few people contact me to say they were interested, but they never followed up. One person found out they had medical issues and couldn’t give a kidney.”
John Rowland had a brilliant idea to show their support for him: “One thing people can do is print out a little picture of him and put it on the inside of a cabinet door. Every time you open the door, you say a little prayer. The fridge is good, but I’ve found that I look beyond the picture because I see it so often.”
What’s next for Koty?
Koty received his letter of acceptance to be placed on the national and state donor list. The wait continues. Becky asks for prayers,”A living donor is preferred because the kidney lasts longer. There is also a commercial program, because the donor does not even have to correspond to the beneficiary. As Koty’s mother, I have advocated for him all his life because he was born with a brain injury. I have to keep defending him. If you can at least share this message and keep it in your prayers, I would be very grateful. If you know anyone who would be willing to help Koty, please contact me..”
Jess Loughridge says it best, “Prayers for your sweet boy. I tried to be a living donor a few years ago. It was almost a match, but an androgen was rejected after the 2nd test. We were crushed. The good news is she got a kidney a few months later and I gained a friend for life. I wish I could now get tested, unfortunately I’m not. People, s ‘please consider being a living donor. I know that one day I hope to be, whether I’m alive or after I’ve passed. Don’t give up!’
Anna Taylor“I love you Koty. Keep going baby!”
Make memories to last a lifetime
Recently, Becky surprised Koty with a meet and greet to see Duck Dynasty’s Willie Robertson. It was one of the greatest moments of Koty’s life! He loves Duck Dynasty and watches reruns about 3-4 times a week. Koty was able to meet him in person at Legacy Church to take pictures. Mom continues to make sure Koty gets the most out of his life while he waits for a kidney that could save him. Life is fragile, and this family knows it firsthand. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Koty and her beautiful family.
Helen Bennett“Prayers for your Koty! God bless him and you!”
Old Floyd“Prayers, I wish I was young enough to help. I wish you much success.”
Shannon Daye Martin“Thank you for sharing your story! Love and many prayers have been sent to you!”
If you or someone you know would like to donate a kidney, contact the number below. It would be for Dakota Hodskins. His date of birth is January 4, 2000.
Contact UofL Health – Jewish Hospital Transplant Care locally at 502.587.4939 or toll-free at 1.800.866.7539 and follow the organ-specific telephone prompts. For the inpatient transfer center, call 502.587.4496.