This is Crystal Enns. She's a 17-year-old from Wylie, Texas, and two years ago a nosebleed led doctors to diagnose her with a rare kidney disease, as well as kidney tumors in both of her parents.
It all started in January 2013, when Crystal had a nosebleed so bad it kept her home from school.
"She had never had a bloody nose before," Crystal's mother, Cristy Enns, told BuzzFeed Life in an email. "It lasted 40 minutes and she missed school all day because she kept spitting up blood — it was not normal. We called our family doctor and took her in for labwork, and the results came back indicating kidney problems, so they sent us to a pediatric nephrologist."
After further testing, doctors diagnosed Crystal with juvenile nephronophthisis, a rare genetic kidney disease.
While her parents were being screened as possible kidney donors for Crystal, they found out that they both had kidney tumors.
Luckily, both parents were diagnosed early enough for doctors to successfully treat the kidney cancer.
And Crystal's aunt, her mother's sister, turned out to be a successful kidney donor for her niece.
Crystal underwent her successful transplant surgery this April.
"To not have any [transplant] rejection so far is such an answer to a prayer," says Crystal.
And about that nosebleed that led to these three diagnoses? Absolutely no connection.
"The nosebleed was not at all related to her kidney disease," says Quan. "Everyone gets nosebleeds, and her kidney disease is so rare." But if the nosebleed hadn't sent her to the doctor, they probably wouldn't have caught her kidney disease (or the cancers) early enough to treat them successfully.
"We've been asked if we believe this was divine intervention," says Mark. "We've come to believe that every new day is a miracle."
Crystal is making a strong recovery and is finally getting back to being a normal teenager.
The Ennses say they want this story to spread awareness of organ donation and how it can save lives.
H/T CBS DFW