WYLIE, Texas — A teen girl’s nosebleed ended up being a triple blessing for her entire family.
CBS DFW reports that Crystal Enns, 14, stayed home from school one day back in January 2013 due to a bad nosebleed. Her parents took her to the doctor, and it turns out she had a rare kidney disease.
She was told she would need a transplant.
Both of her parents have the same blood type as Crystal, so they were tested as possible donors.
Through the screening process, doctors discovered that Crystal’s mom, Cristy, had a spot on her kidney. It was kidney cancer.
But it didn’t end there.
After his screening, Crystal’s father, Mark, was also diagnosed with kidney cancer.
Their family was devastated, but Crystal’s parents soon started treatment and had their cancer removed.
It also turned out that Crystal’s aunt was a match, and she donated her kidney to her niece.
Crystal’s doctors say that amazingly, the nosebleed that led to the discovery of her condition was not caused by the condition itself. They also emphasize that typical nosebleeds should not be viewed as “cause for alarm.”
Today, Crystal is doing just fine, and her parents are also now healthy.