Siblings line up to offer kidneys to 11-year-old brother

Contributed photo by Jada Daves/Shafer Daves celebrates marking the 10th anniversary of his kidney transplant. Now 11, Shafer may require another transplant soon.
photo Contributed photo by Jada Daves/Shafer Daves celebrates marking the 10th anniversary of his kidney transplant. Now 11, Shafer may require another transplant soon.

Shafer Daves' siblings - Shayli, 19, Sharayah, 17, Shanel, 15, and Shaw, 14 - have known for years that a day might come when they could each become their little brother's life preserver.

Shafer, an 11-year-old Chattanooga boy and the youngest child of Jada and Kevin Daves, has a rare condition called Denys-Drash Syndrome that causes him to need a kidney transplant about every 10 years.

He is home-schooled and has a feeding tube to keep his kidneys hydrated, according to his mom, but he is otherwise a full-of-life 11-year-old.

In the summer of 2011, at age 20 months, Shafer received a life-saving kidney from his mother.