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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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Family experience leads to PhD award

Family experience leads to PhD award 22 August 2022 The Sutherland family has been touched by kidney disease in many ways. When Paul Sutherland, 60, was 11 years old he was diagnosed with reflux (a condition where the urine flows backwards from the bladder to the ureter and sometimes to the kidneys), but already had…

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Proudly walking with #TeamKidney

Proudly walking with #TeamKidney 01 August 2022 Last weekend, Sakshi Dewan proudly joined hundreds of participants taking part in the Kidney Research UK London Bridges Walk. The 38-year-old mum of two was inspired to sign up to the event after developing a kidney condition.   When she was pregnant with her second child, Maya, now nine…

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