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Great gran’s memories of 47 years since donating a kidney

Great gran’s memories of 47 years since donating a kidney 07 December 2022 One of the UK’s first living donors, Hazel Robinson, 92, has told Kidney Research UK that she when she was asked if she was worried about giving one of her kidneys to daughter Judy in 1975, she said she was far too…

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Family reflects on mum’s 47 years with a transplant

Family reflects on mum’s 47 years with a transplant 05 December 2022 David Green’s late wife Judy was something of a medical miracle. Not only was she one of the first people in the UK to receive a transplant from a living donor – her mother Hazel – but that kidney lasted an incredible 47…

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Family’s tribute fund for mum’s chosen charity

Family’s tribute fund for mum’s chosen charity 25 November 2022 When John Lewis met his wife Katy, he knew from the outset that she had a hereditary kidney condition called PKD, where cysts form around the organ.   After her health started to deteriorate in the mid-noughties, Katy had a living organ transplant from her younger…

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Kidney problems from birth inspire medical career

Kidney problems from birth inspire medical career 21 November 2022 When Sally Woodward was, unknown to her, six weeks’ pregnant with daughter Helen, she contracted chickenpox. After Helen was born in 1997, the family were told either the virus or the anti-viral medication Sally had taken had interfered with the process whereby cells develop into…

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Former pro footballer Wayne takes on kidney disease

Former pro footballer Wayne takes on kidney disease 28 October 2022 As a former professional footballer, Wayne Andrews, 44, was used to his body being at peak fitness. After retiring from the game in 2009, he became a personal trainer specialising in strength and conditioning and works with celebrities including former England football stars Andy Cole and…

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Kidney patient using TikTok to raise awareness

Kidney patient using TikTok to raise awareness 25 October 2022 Like many people when they get diagnosed with kidney disease, Darren Daniel felt worried and anxious about his condition, and wasn’t sure where to turn for help and advice.  In 2017, Darren had started to display some worrying symptoms but put it down to working…

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Evusheld vigil announcement for Covid-19 patient campaign

Evusheld vigil announcement for Covid-19 patient campaign 17 October 2022 A campaign calling for immunocompromised people to be able to access a treatment which could help protect them from getting Covid-19 will culminate with a vigil in Parliament Square on Wednesday 26 October.  A proportion of kidney patients, especially among those with kidney transplants, remain…

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A work event changes kidney patient Billie’s life

A work event changes kidney patient Billie’s life 13 October 2022 Billie had never met anyone with a kidney condition before she went along to a presentation given by Kidney Research UK to the Financial Ombudsman Service earlier this year.   Developing kidney failure after other medical complications Billie, 35, an employee at the Ombudsman, developed…

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Worst case scenario was Sanjay’s reality

Worst case scenario was Sanjay’s reality 25 September 2022 Sanjay’s story sounds like a worst-case scenario but is an unfortunate reality for many people with kidney disease. After racing to hospital for a transplant twice, it was only on the third call from the transplant team that he was able to finally get his life…

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