"We'd be in the hospital two weeks, we'd come out, we'd be home a week," Gene Billingsley said. "It'd come back."
Eight months after the initial diagnosis, Christian's kidneys went into failure, and he was put on dialysis for the first time.
When Christian was two, Gene Billingsley donated one of his kidneys to his son, with the hope that the new kidney would cure Christian's problems. Gene Billingsley said, they also had realistic expectations, and knew that even if the kidney didn't help in the long term, it would benefit Christian's development short term. And it did, Gene and Aida said. Their goal with their young son was simple: keep him alive and do anything they can to keep him as healthy as possible, until medical science caught up with their son's disease.