Vancouver Island fundraising dynamo Jeneece Edroff is doing well two days after she had surgery to remove a kidney.
It was Jeneece’s 26th surgery, but she’s taking it all in stride and looking forward to heading home soon.
For now, Jeneece is still recovering at Royal Jubilee Hospital. The 22-year-old is best known for raising more than a million dollars for Variety, the Children’s Charity and leading the drive to build Jeneece Place at Victoria General Hospital for families with sick kids.
Jeneece has had to have many surgeries over the years. This latest one saw her left kidney, which had a blockage and was causing a lot of pain, removed through her belly button.
“It was way larger than they expected and it was also swollen to so there was no way they could save it,” Jeneece said from hospital.
“Because they were able to take it all out through the belly button the procedure went fairly smoothly, as they would have expected it to go, and her recovery should be a lot faster than a typical kidney removal where they open you up,” said Angela Edroff, Jeneece’s mother.
Jeneece will have to be careful and there’s concern tumours around her remaining kidney could cause a problem down the road. But for now, she’s just looking forward to returning to school and work.