Help us make transplants last forever.
At age 22 he was diagnosed with kidney failure. 5 long years later, he got a transplant. And it lasted for 13 years. This meant he could follow his dream of becoming a teacher, then a senior university lecturer.
But the transplant wasn’t for life. Its time is now up. There are no lifetime guarantees with transplants. Kudz is back on dialysis. And it’s tough. Hospital visits for 4 hours, 3 times a week. If dialysis was quicker or a better alternative was found, it would massively improve patients’ lives.
Kudz wants his life back. A transplant should be forever.
Why we need your help.
- Imagine needing to go to hospital for four-hour dialysis sessions, three times a week, so a machine can keep you alive.
- Or being told your transplant has failed a week after the operation. A transplant you’ve waited years for.
- We don’t want patients to still be going through this in 20 years’ time.
- We must transform treatments and the change must start now.
In the UK, 5 people die every week waiting for a kidney transplant.
- 20 people develop kidney failure in the UK every day and need dialysis or a transplant to stay alive.
- Kidney disease costs the NHS £1.45bn a year, and kills more people than prostate cancer and breast cancer combined.
- Kidney research is drastically underfunded compared to other major diseases.
“I know only too well that there is currently no cure for kidney disease and transplants sadly don’t last forever.”
Kudz Munongi, hospital visits 4 hours, 3 times a week.
As part of the ADMIRE study ‘Assessing Donor kidneys and Monitoring Transplant REcipients’, Dr Maria Kaisar and her team at the University of Oxford will analyse blood samples from donors to develop a mathematical model to predict how well a donor kidney will function after transplant.
The Oxford team, in collaboration with researchers at the University of Nottingham and University College London, will also develop MRI scanning methods to assess donor organs before and after transplant. This study could help doctors accurately assess kidneys, transplant only the best and identify suitable kidneys from donors previously deemed too high risk.
Let's transform treatment
Patients deserve better. Better treatments. Better futures.
With your help, we can get there sooner and smash our £3 million target.