Officials say it is a milestone in UK's mission to become a major regional center for pediatric care.
Doctors at Kentucky Children's Hospital performed a kidney transplant on a 16-year-old girl--a surgery that hadn't been done at the hospital in nearly a decade.
UK health care officials here are happy to announce the first pediatric kidney transplant in more than eight years.
Sixteen-year-old Courtney Stroud was so weak, she had to miss out on the simple things other kids her age took part in.
"A football game," she says, "I couldn't do that."
Courtney first became sick when she was 5 years old, and in 2007, was diagnosed with Senior-Loken Syndrome, a rare disorder affecting the kidneys and retinas of the eyes.
She and her mother made trips to Lexington three times a week for dialysis, plus for various doctors appointments in between.
"It was financially and emotionally devastating," says Sheryl Stroud, Courtney's mother.
A few months ago the Nicholas County High School student found out she had an organ donor, making her the recipient of the first pediatric kidney transplant at UK Hospital in more than 8 years.
Dr. Michael Karpf, UK Executive Vice President for Health Affairs says, "I feel really proud that we've committed ourselves to make pediatrics excellent in the Commonwealth of Kentucky; to serve the Commonwealth."
What Courtney's mother describes as a difficult past, "Courtney's been through more than most people have to go through in a lifetime in her short 16 years."
Is turning into a brighter future. Courtney says because of someones gift, she now can go back to what she calls a normal life.
"I'm looking forward to going back to school, to being with everyone, and getting my social life back."
Courtney is is now in her junior year of high school. Next fall she will be back at Nicholas County High School for her senior year.