MEMPHIS, Tennessee (WMC) – For a mother from Memphis, finding a kidney is her top priority as her daughter struggles to recover from serious injuries after a car accident in July.
For the past three months, 17-year-old M’Leia Allen has been recovering from severe burns to the face and body, a broken jaw and now a deteriorated kidney. The only one she was born with.
“I was like the happy teen like I was doing teen stuff, and one day it just stopped,” said M’Leia Allen.
Allen, an active cheerleader and honorary student, had no intention of spending three months in a hospital bed in her senior year of high school. Two of them were in the ICU and underwent nine operations.
“I think what hurt me the most is my body changed because I was really confident in my body and now I have skin grafts on my body, and they look weird, and they look very different, so when I first got them I was disgusted by them, I’m not going to lie,” said M’Leia Allen.
On July 9, M’Leia’s life is turned upside down.
Memphis police said the two-vehicle accident happened after a couple got into an argument while driving on I-240 West.
Police say a woman in the passenger seat grabbed the steering wheel and caused the driver to swerve and crash into M’Leia’s car. She was thrown from her vehicle.
“I turned my head, I saw she had the wheel, and before you know it I felt my body on the concrete,” said M’Leia Allen.
“This is so hard for her because her life will never be the same,” says M’Leia’s mother, Tiffany Allen.
Allen who sits by her bedside every day says medical bills have skyrocketed.
M’Leia is currently on dialysis three days a week, waiting to be placed on a donor kidney transplant list.
“They say it could be years before she finds a game she can’t play, and she won’t be able to play again,” Allen said.
As for M’Leia, she says it’s all about patience to find the road to recovery every day.
“I just want to be strong and be brave for my mom because I know it’s very hard for her, and I want to be strong for her,” said M’Leia Allen.
M’Leia is expected to be fired from Regional One on October 28. Her family is still working to get M’Leia’s name on the kidney donor list. M’Leia’s loved ones have started a gofundme for medical expenses.
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