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Teen's Nosebleed Saves Parent's Life

When Crystal Enns was 14, she experienced a persistent nosebleed that prompted her parents to take her to see her doctor. Once there, she was told that her nosebleed was not an issue, but something more heartbreaking showed up in the test results.

Crystal was diagnosed with juvenile nephronophthisis, a rare kidney infection that causes inflammation and scarring of the kidneys. If left undetected, the infection would ultimately lead to kidney failure. Doctors strongly urged Crystal to get a kidney transplant, which led to her family being tested to see if anyone was a match.

According to an interview with KTVT, Crystal's mom Cristy was tested first. When her results came back, she was shocked to hear that she had an abnormality on her kidney which would require more tests. Crystal's father Mark underwent testing next and the doctor delivered shocking news: Mark had kidney cancer.

Before the devastation could sink in, the doctor revealed that Cristy's test results were back and she too had the same type of kidney cancer Mark had developed.

Dr. Albert Quan, the pediatric nephrologist at Medical City Children's Hospital in Dallas who treated Crystal, told ABC News that this had never happened during his 25-year career.

Thankfully, with both cancer diagnoses, the cancer was caught early; both parents could be treated with an operation that eliminated the cancer from their bodies without chemotherapy. Crystal, now 17, is now an advocate for organ donors while her parents continue to express gratitude for the family's recovery.

"We are overwhelmed with gratitude to God for allowing us to find out about her kidney disease when we did because Mark and I would never have been tested otherwise," Cristy Enns wrote in an email for ABC News. "The timing of her nosebleed allowed us to begin the donor screening process early, with plenty of time to discover and take care of our alarming cancer diagnosis before it came time for Crystal's transplant."

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