Around three million people in the UK have kidney disease

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Deborah’s story

Deborah’s story

Deborah’s story Deborah Bakewell is alive and well today, thanks to a pioneering transplant technique developed with our funding. Deborah Bakewell ives in Lincoln with her husband, she is a mother and step-mother and doting grandmother to five beautiful granddaughters. Before retiring Deborah was the Office Manager and Property Appraiser for Belvoir Lettings in Lincoln, and…

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Edwina Brown

Edwina Brown Meet Edwina Brown, Consultant Nephrologist, researcher and Professor of Renal Medicine. Edwina Brown, Consultant Nephrologist (West London Renal & Transplant Centre, Hammersmith Hospital) has a strong record in the treatment of older (geriatric) renal patients. An established and respected researcher, she is Professor of Renal Medicine at Imperial College London. Edwina tells how…

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James and Emma’s story

James and Emma’s story After having a kidney transplant fail, James and Emma talk about their struggle to cope. Doncaster couple James Fenwick and Emma Ross have had to face many life-changing challenges as a result of James’ kidney disease. James was diagnosed with stage 3 renal failure in 2007 and received a kidney from…

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Morgan’s story

Morgan’s story Raising money to keep lives free from kidney disease. At age 13, Morgan Wishart was diagnosed with stage 5 renal failure. This was a very sudden and very serious medical issue, shocking both her and her family. From being an active, sporty teenager, she discovered she had less than 10 per cent kidney…

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Maz’s story

Maz’s story Maz is a patient helping to tackle the shortage of organ donors in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities across the UK. Maz is one of a growing number of champions, Peer Educators, helping to tackle the shortage of organ donors in Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities across the UK. Getting more…

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Christy’s story

Christy’s story Christy Millar’s life changed after her kidneys failed suddenly during a severe illness. Christy Millar’s life changed after her kidneys failed suddenly during a severe illness. Two weeks after finishing her university exams, Christy collapsed in agony. At the hospital, she discovered that her appendix had burst, causing severe blood poisoning. She spent…

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Barbara and Christine

Barbara and Christine Growing older in friendship and shared good health. Christine Ashton and Barbara Hodgson are the best of friends. They are not related but they feel like sisters. And that is because Christine donated one of her kidneys to Barbara 17 years ago. They have one kidney each. Just over 20 years ago,…

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John’s story

John’s story John’s kidneys are 40 times the size of normal kidneys and ech weigh 9kg. John suffers with polycystic kidney disease (PKD) meaning that his kidneys are 40 times the normal size and each weigh 9kg. As a result, he has only 10% kidney function and is on dialysis. John has a machine, which he…

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Matthew’s story

Matthew’s story Matthew finds his hero A little boy, born with congenital nephrotic syndrome, who has been waiting his whole life to find a suitable match for a kidney transplant has finally been given his wish. Matthew Pietrzyk from Glenfield in Leicestershire, who featured in our BBC Lifeline Appeal in 2015, has finally been given…

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Russell’s story

Russell’s story Russell Jones survived kidney cancer, thanks to an emergency lifesaving operation. Every hour, someone is diagnosed with kidney cancer. It can happen to anyone. Russell Jones was 40 and fit and healthy when he found out about the tumour on his kidney. He had no symptoms – no pain or mysterious lumps. He…

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